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Plea Deal in Fatal Leelanau County Hit and Run Case Involving Allendale Boy

Leelanau County Building (photo courtesy Leelanau County)
Leelanau County Building (photo courtesy Leelanau County)

SUTTONS BAY, MI (WHTC) - A 63-year-old Leelanau County woman could face up to five years in prison after reaching an plea agreement with prosecutors over the hit-and-run death of a four-year-old Allendale boy last July. Gertude Shorter entered her admission of guilt on a count of failing to stop at the scene of an accident causing injury or death. Authorities say that she stopped briefly after striking Gavin Punter as he rode on a tractor tricycle next to his grandmother as they walked several feet away from a road near their campsite near the village of Cedar, but then drove off and was found by a sheriff's deputy several miles away. The boy died at the scene. Shorter's sentencing is set for June 24.