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Woman sentenced for hit-and-run
TROY -- The Hoosick woman who was under the influence of a number of prescription drugs when she hit and killed a bicyclist with her car, will spend 2 1/2 to 7 years behind bars. Becky Goodermote sat somberly in the Rensselaer County courtroom, wiping tears from her eyes as Matthew Ratelles family recounted just what she had taken away from them.
"I waited and waited for my husband to come home from an everyday bicycle ride," Jennifer Ratelle recounted during her victim impact statement to the judge. That every day ride along Route 22 in Hoosick on September 3rd 2012, turned into a tragedy. Becky Goodermote admitted to taking at least 5 different prescription medications that morning before getting in her car and hitting Matt from behind, throwing him 30 yards into a field. Goodermote did not stop at the scene of the crash, she was turned in by a family member who noticed front-end damage on her car. In that single moment, my whole world stopped. I didn't know it at the time but I had just begun the rest of my life as a single mom of three beautiful kids, Jennifer Ratelle said, of the crash. The Ratelles had learned that they were pregnant with their 3rd child just a few weeks before the crash.
Matt Ratelle was taken to Berkshire Medical Center and then flown to Albany Medical Center where he spent nearly 3 months in a coma before his family had to make an excruciating decision. The day of sentencing was originally scheduled for November 26th and that date would have been very fitting because one year ago on that day I was forced to accept that my husband couldn't fight anymore, our onboard baby would never meet his daddy, our two year old boy who watched with me in the window every day for daddy to come home from work, would never see daddy come home again and how do you tell your teenage daughter? Jennifer Ratelle said as she looked directly at Goodermote right before the sentencing.
Goodermote said in her statement that she knew words couldn't apologize for the sorrow she has caused, and the decision to destroy the lives of two families has caused great heartache, anguish and pain "not only for the Ratelle family but to my own family as well." She went on to say, "I do pray that one day, they will find it in their hearts to forgive me."
That day is likely a long way off. "I only hope that you get a lot of time away from society to think about what you've done and how many people you've hurt... may you rot in hell," Jerry Ratelle, Matt's father, said to Goodermote just minutes before she was taken away in handcuffs to begin her sentence.