Driver who struck & killed student receives prison term


MANALAPAN – The driver of the sport utility vehicle which struckManalapan resident Carlee Wines on the campus of the University of Connecticut one year ago was sentenced last week.

AnthonyAlvino Jr., 19, of Lindenhurst, N.Y., received a prison term of three years and one month. He pleaded no contest in November to the charge that he was the driver of the SUV which struck Wines as she attempted to cross a street on the UConn campus in Storrs, Ct.

According to a Rockville Superior Court spokesperson, the sentence Alvino received from Superior Court Judge Terrence Sullivan was for misconduct with a motor vehicle. Alvino was given a prison sentence of five years, which will be suspended after three years and includes five years’ probation following his release from jail.

Alvino received an eight-year prison term for evading responsibility which will be suspended after 37 months served and also carries a five-year probation. The sentences will be served concurrently, according to the court spokesperson.

The sentence was handed down Jan. 23, one year and one day after Wines died as a result of the injuries she sustained in the early morning hours of Jan. 20, 2007. Alvino was immediately handed over to authorities following pronouncement of his sentence.

A call to the Connecticut Department of Corrections on Jan. 25 disclosed that Alvino was serving his sentence at the Hartford Correctional Center, but a spokesperson at the prison said Alvino could be transferred to another facility at any time.

Alvino was a student at St. Bonaventure University, Olean, N.Y., at the time of the accident on the UConn campus. Authorities said he was in Storrs visiting his girlfriend at UConn when the accident involving Wines occurred.

The woman, Michelle Hall, 19, ofWantagh, N.Y., who was in the vehicle at the time of the hit-and-run, has also been charged in the matter.

In addition, Alvino’s parents were charged after an investigation disclosed information which alleged that Donna Alvino and her husband,Anthony Sr., had attempted a cover-up of the incident in the days following the hit-and-run that killed Wines.

The charges against Hall and the Alvinos are pending.

Wines, 19, was a freshman at UConn at the time of the accident. She was struck as she stepped off a sidewalk to cross a street in the early morning hours of Jan. 20, 2007. The vehicle which hit her did not stop at the scene. Wines, a graduate of Manalapan High School, died of her injuries two days later.

According to police, Wines was struck just after she stepped into a clearly marked crosswalk on North Eagleville Road on her way back to her dormitory. Alvino was said to be driving a 2004 Nissan Armada when he struck Wines. The vehicle was subsequently recovered by police in Levittown, N.Y.