Two years ago, the then 26-year-old Robert McNamara struck the motorcycle of restaurateur Enrique Patino, Jr.
Patino had been stopped at a red light on Route 29 in New Hope when McNamara hit the motorcyclist from behind. A short time later, Patino was pronounced dead. Shortly after the deadly New Hope accident, McNamara was tested for drugs and alcohol. The results showed a BAC of .066, below the New Jersey drunk driving limit of .08.
Sentence Handed Down
McNamara was charged with fourth-degree assault by auto. This summer he accepted a plea deal that did not include a sentence agreement. While Patino’s family asked that the maximum sentence of 18 months be given, Superior Court Judge Robert Billmeier handed down a nine-month jail sentence.
The jail time will be followed by two years of probation. During this probation McNamara will have to complete 100 hours of community service, undergo random drug tests, report regularly to a probation officer and pay $17,633 in restitution to the Patino family.
The families of both Patino and McNamara had powerful reactions after the sentencing was read. McNamara’s mother sobbed when her son was sentenced.
“Finally, finally some justice,” cried out Patino’s wife, Melanie.
While nothing will bring back their loved one, the family of Enrique Patino, Jr. felt as though justice had been served.
Our Bucks County, PA car accident attorneys would like to send our deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Patino. We hope that the sentence will bring you some sense of closure.