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Jamesine Fischer Is Sentenced to 25 Months in Prison for Hit-and-Run Death of Pecqueur

| April 10, 2013

Jamesine Fischer on Wednesday. (c FlaglerLive)

Jamesine Fischer on Wednesday. (c FlaglerLive)

Last Updated: 5:57 p.m. (developing story)

Jamesine Fischer was sentenced to 25 months in prison, just four more than the minimum, Wednesday over the hit-and-run death of Francoise Pécqueur. The 76-year-old Palm Coast resident died in November 2011 after Fischer struck her with her PT Cruiser on Columbia Lane. The hearing began at 1:30 p.m. and is ongoing.

It has been punctuated by the testimonies of both Jamesine and her husband John Fischer, the Flagler County School Board member, and by that of Pecqueur’s 82-year-old boyfriend, who movingly spoke of Pecqueur’s vibrant love of life and dancing, and of the moment he squeezed her hand, looking for a response, when she was in a coma at Halifax hospital after the accident. “She did not respond,” he said. “I was devastated.”

The defense would later attempt to attenuate the sentence by painting a picture of Jamesine Fischer as a good Christian who attended church and volunteered her time there, but witnesses on behalf of Pecqueur, too, portrayed a pious Catholic who believed in God as much as she believed in living life to the fullest, who attended church every Sunday, and had even planned to attend a Dance at Mother Seton, the Catholic Church on Belle Terre, the week of the fatal accident. Witnesses spoke of her generosity of heart and purse, of her giving nature with sick friends, her energy and her compassion.

If the defense had hoped to make inroads in hearts and sympathies, more hearts were breaking on Pecqueur’s behalf–still, 18 months after her untimely death. That was particularly evident even before Pecqueur’s own daughter spoke, when Melany Billing did, describing how she’d met Francoise at Publix, where Francoise worked (and where many of her friends first met her), and how, not long after her last voyage to her native France, she’d returned and picked out the dress she would wear at her grandson’s wedding. She did so the day before the wreck. When Billing described Francoise’s friendship as “an elusive butterfly,” she began to sob, and the courtroom was left to hear only those sobs.

At 5 p.m., Francoise’s daughter, Catherine Vyvyan, took the stand. She did not speak first. She showed a picture of Francoise to the judge, a gesture the defense could not in any way counter.

Vyvyan asked for the maximum possible sentence, saying even that would be temporary, as Fischer would again walk free.

Catherine Vyvyan. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

Catherine Vyvyan. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

“There’s no sentence to bring my mother back,” Vyvyan said after the hearing, reading from a prepared statement. “Under the circumstances and the facts of this case”–at this point she broke into tears–“the sentence is a good resolution. This sentence brings at least some closure in my life. The only person who knows the truth, the whole truth, is Mrs. Fischer and the almighty above.”

Fischer will be on probation for 10 years after serving her sentence. Her driving privileges will be revoked for three years from the day she is released from prison. She is also to give up alcohol in all circumstances. The prosecution agreed to dismiss the civil infraction and dispense with restitution.

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John Fischer himself originated the first call to Flagler County Sheriff’s dispatch. His wife, police reports showed, deceived authorities at the scene by claiming she had merely stopped her car because she thought she’d struck a dog, and that she believed Pécqueur had merely fallen by the roadside. Fischer did not inform authorities that she may have been responsible for hitting Pécqueur until almost 12 hours later. She was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with a death, a first-degree felony.

Jamesine Fischer took the stand this afternoon and described the experience as “a nightmare I will remember for the rest of my life.” She said she heard a thud against her car and saw a dog with a retractable leash “looking confused.” She then saw “a woman” in a swale who was bleeding from the mouth. Someone else called 911. “I was in denial when I got home,” she said, describing how, at the time, she did not believe she’d hit Pecqueur. “I was wrong.”

Catherine Vyvyan, Pécqueur’s daughter, was in court with her husband and several friends, one of whom held an 8-by-11 color portrait of Francoise. She came to court with three items in hand: a folded sheet with the remarks she was about to deliver, a square box of tissue paper, which she began using before the judge walked in, and a tiny urn, held in her fist, containing some of her mother’s ashes.

Before the hearing Fischer was with her husband John, who did his best to block his wife from the lenses of a half dozen reporters from all media. Jamesine sat only with her attorneys (Stephen Alexander and an assistant) during the hearing. Attorneys from both sides–the prosecution was led by Russ Bausch of the 18th Judicial District in Brevard County, who inherited the case when the 7th Circuit’s R.J. Larizza asked the governor to shift it over a conflict-of-interest issue–one of the many issues that muddied the case for Fischer: it entailed the involvement of then-Sheriff Don Fleming in perceived the case, on behalf of John Fischer. (The 18th Circuit investigated that involvement and cleared Fleming of wrongdoing.)

The defense and the prosecution agreed to let the defense put its own witnesses on the stand first.

Catherine Vyvyan held the small urn containing her mother's ashes during the proceedings. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

Catherine Vyvyan held the small urn containing her mother’s ashes during the proceedings. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

Jamesine Fischer’s testimony took place almost two hours into the hearing. By then Bausch had established a tone of incredulity at various witnesses supporting Fischer, several of whom had pleaded ignorance at Fischer’s drinking problem, or claimed never to have seen either Fischer drink on social occasions. Bausch was no less persistent with Fischer.

“You want us to believe that the victim’s pet hairs were in the window cracks?” Bausch asked Fischer, referring to the cracked windshield of the Cruiser after the collision.

“My hair is falling out all the time!” Fischer replied. She also claimed ignorance at the damage on the car, saying she’s not in the habit of inspecting it.

Finally, Bausch posed the question that has been posed since that evening, but never so officially or explicitly: “Do you know how ludicrous it was that you hit a dog that did this damage to the windshield?”

“I truly believed that I wasn’t a part of what made this lady fall,” Fischer said, displaying, even now, even on the stand, the same clinical distance from Francoise Pecqueur and her fate that Fischer has displayed on several occasions–in the call to dispatch, in her sworn audio testimony to a trooper–since the fatal wreck. “I was trying to sort it out in my brain. That’s why I took so long to call law enforcement.”

Unintentionally, today’s testimony was illustrating to what extent Fischer might have damaged her own case had it gone to trial.

When Bausch asked her categorically whether she was drinking that night, Fischer said: “No.”

“Isn’t it true that the reason why you didn’t call the police was you needed time to sober up?”

“No,” Fischer replies. She went on to say that she “had a few slips with alcohol” in the past.

“You fell off the wagon, you mean?” Bausch asked her.

“I guess.”

Bausch kept up the questioning, pressing the point that cops have to be called in all accidents. Why didn’t she? “I did not have my cell with me, it was in my purse in the car,” Fischer said, though the car was a few steps away. Bausch was circling around his central point: that Fischer did not want to call police because she may not have been sober. But Fischer was even now, having trouble admitting that she had struck Pecqueur that evening, reliving the way she’d handled it that November. “I was in denial, or whatever you call it,” she said, again using the word her defense is erecting as justification for her crime that evening.

Stephen Alexander, the defense attorney, again asked her some of the same questions about drinking–and whether she had gone to a convenience store that day to pick up alcohol–to which Fischer offered up her denials again.

(Earlier, her husband John had said on the stand that the two of them had prayed all night, after the wreck, for the victim. See below.)

As if to cap Fischer’s testimony, a member of her friends’ group in the courtroom appeared to have fainted, and was helped outside by one of the several sheriff’s deputies in the room.

Earlier, other character witnesses spoke on behalf of Fischer. It was, for example, the first time Betty Bifano, the woman Fischer visited the night of Nov. 10, immediately after the collision, spoke publicly, describing how Fischer had visited to tell her that she wasn’t going to stay for dinner. “She was going to take me that night over to see my husband,” the friend said. “Then I didn’t get to go.”

Bausch questioned her, too, at times making the questioning sound like an excerpt from a trial rather than a sentencing hearing. He stressed that Fischer “knew the roads” around Columbia Lane, where the collision took place–a contention Fischer’s friend agreed with. Bausch also wanted to know why, if Fischer had planned on having dinner there, she didn’t end up staying. “She didn’t tell me why she didn’t stay, she said I’ve got to go,” Bifano said.

“Did she tell you she got into a crash?”

“Not in so many words,” Bifano replied, only that “she thought she bumped into a dog.”

The defense sought to reduce the maximum sentence by having Fischer friends, family members and church members speak to Jamesine’s character. One of the letters the defense attorney read was from a psychologist who’s been seeing Fischer since the accident, describing her as “clinically depressed” and continually expressing “remorse” over it. A priest and a friend described the Fischers as regular church-goers. The director of a religious-education program at the Fischers’ church described her generous volunteering, and her involvement with children. (Bausch asked the director, Mary Olivette, if one of Fischers’ duties at the church was “to tell the truth, and not to lie to people.” “Yes it was,” Olivette said.) Another friend described Fischer as “my angel,” after Fischer helped her through a difficult transplant.

Bausch at one point interrupted one of the friends of the Fischers’ because he was testifying more to John’s than to Jamesine’s character.

John Fischer. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

John Fischer. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

At about 3 p.m., John Fischer took the stand. Under questioning by Bausch, he said he got home at 8:30 p.m. the night of the wreck and did not see the damage on the PT Cruiser (its windshield was clearly cracked from bottom to top, on the passenger side.) After he noticed the damage, he said he rode to the accident scene himself, but saw no law enforcement there, and went back home, describing his wife as distraught.

Remarkably, Fischer said that he and his wife then spend the rest of the night praying “for the victim,” yet did not call the police about it. Bausch stressed his question, clarifying again that the Fischers had prayed all night, yet not called police. “Yes, that’s right,” Fischer said.

It was a remarkable revelation.

The court took a recess.

After Jamesine’s Fischer’s testimony came the prosecution’s turn to put Pecqueur’s family and friends on the stand. They followed each other, including her boyfriend of eight years, who described how they’d met at a dance hall and had kept dancing since (it was in his neighborhood that she was struck by Fischer’s car). “You couldn’t stop her from dancing,” the 82-year-old man said. “She was a vibrant woman. We took care of one another when each of us was sick.”

The longer they were together, he said, the stronger the bond. “She was at my house the night of the accident cleaning up from dinner, and she insisted on walking the dog.”

When Vyvyan spoke, she told the court, showing the small urn she’d held throughout the afternoon (the urn with her mom’s ashes) that it was a matter of preserving her mother’s dignity. “I don’t know how someone could see a woman in a ditch and not call 911,” she said. “With a timely call she would have had a chance to be airlifted to Halifax.”

In fact, Flagler County Fire Flight was still on duty and would be until 8 p.m. that evening. It is called into airlift patients to Halifax–a trip that taxes a matter of minutes–whenever a head trauma is involved from a car wreck.

The court took a recess until 5:e30, to return with a sentencing verdict.

Fischer’s accounts to authorities would prove contradictory and difficult to defend. Her State Farm insurer settled a $1.25 million wrongful death suit with Catherine Vyvyan, Pecqueur’s daughter, within 10 weeks of the collision. Vyvyan’s attorney minced no words at the time in describing the case. “I would say due to the egregious nature of Ms. Fischer’s conduct that that prompted State Farm to settle the matter sooner rather than later,” Allan Ziffra said. “Our position is that Fischer’s conduct was beyond the boundaries of human decency and Catherine will pursue justice for the loss of her mother.”

And the prosecution made clear in early February–in a tactical move that may have been key in causing the defense to opt for a plea–that whether or not Fischer had stayed at the scene of the accident the entire time that paramedics were there was irrelevant: the fact that she did not tell them that she was involved in the collision went to the heart of the matter, and to her guilt. That, in addition to Fischer’s prevarications even when she called authorities–in a 911 call that was more matter-of-fact than urgent–appears to have changed the course of the year-and-a-half-old case.

The Fischers never spoke publicly about the case aside from a brief exchange John Fischer had with a reporter the morning after the collision, outside his house, when he acknowledged that his wife had been involved in an accident, and that he and his wife were praying for the victim and her family. At the time, Pécqueur, in a coma at Halifax hospital in Daytona Beach, was a few hours away from death. The Fischers’ recorded call to authorities and recorded testimony, under oath, about the incident, would stand for their version of events.

John Fischer had initiated the call to the sheriff’s office by asking the dispatcher how he might go about reporting an accident. “My wife had an accident last night, well she thinks she had an accident last evening,” Fischer says at the beginning of the call, before passing the phone to his wife.

“Um, I was driving down, um, Columbia, how can I explain, anyway,” Jamesine Fischer says. “Um, I was driving down and I heard a thud, and I thought I hit a dog, and then when I got out of the car, I pulled over, when I got out of the car there was a lady laying there, um, and I thought she had fallen and the dog was free, and I had hit the dog, and the Evac came, and you know, um—”


Pécqueur had been walking her dog when she was struck. Her dog was a tiny white poodle the size of a couple of fists.

“So did you stay on scene there?” the dispatcher asked Fischer.

“I did, and nobody came, I mean, Evac was there and they took the woman.”

“Did you tell them that you thought you may have hit her?” the dispatcher asks.

“I didn’t realize it until afterward because, um, I was going to a neighbor’s house down the road and when I pulled into the driveway and got out of the car, that was the first time I noticed that my windshield had shattered.”

Jamesine Fischer in court this afternoon, just before her sentencing. (c FlaglerLive)

Jamesine Fischer in court this afternoon, just before her sentencing. (c FlaglerLive)

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49 Responses for “Jamesine Fischer Is Sentenced to 25 Months in Prison for Hit-and-Run Death of Pecqueur”

  1. Sad. I really feel for all the parties involved. This is a tough one.

    • Kendall says:

      What’s tough about it? Mrs. Fischer hit a human being and didn’t call for help. Then she lied about it. Then she told her husband what she did and he didn’t report it.

      He is no better than her.

      What’s tough is we are stuck with this guy mapping our children’s education. That’s more than tough. It’s scary.

    • Reality Check says:

      Feel for the victim, not the person who failed to have a decent bone in their body or compassion for another human being. She let that woman lay there in a swale dyeing, and then just went on to a friend’s house like nothing was wrong. I have zero compassion for this woman, how do you see a person on the ground after you here a thump and think you hit a dog? Opinion, she had to hide something, or she did not want to get in trouble. I would have had compassion for her had she stayed and tried to help, or at least dialed 911 right away, oh wait she didn’t have her phone, it was all the way back in the car 10 feet away. This woman’s defense stinks to high heaven, now the other family is left with only a memory, and you cannot hug a memory, she got off light if you ask me.

  2. fla native says:

    What’s there to deny?

  3. Think About it says:

    Dauh……

    What did I hit?

    She knew, unless she was under the influence. How could you not know you hit a human being, night or day.

  4. r&r says:

    It does not seem to me the sentence fit the crime. To me it was a DUI manslautger cover up. She should pay the price..

  5. Deep South says:

    Thank you Flaglerl Live for covering this all afternoon. Great Job !

  6. Katie Seamore says:

    This was not a hit and run case. Why can people understand that!

    • Nick Wanerka says:

      If it was not a hit and run then what was it? A hit and cover up? She lied ran and covered up. Where is the man slaughter charge where is the DUI charge? Even if your guilty or not, you see a lady in the ditch not moving! So what, you say to yourself, she must be just taking a nap? Really?! Then you don’t notice your windshield all cracked up?! Maybe if your under the influence. Then just maybe you don’t notice your windshield. But you sure as h*ll saw the poor lady laying there dyeing. My hearts go out the the family that lost there loved one!! And if your such a good Christian where is the “thou shalt not lie” commandment. And the “thou shalt not kill” commandment, Oh I guess you are are just picking and choosing which ones you want to follow. Must be nice to be above the law and above our Lord!!

    • Brian Curbow says:

      Not a hit and run? Are you serious????? She hit Francoise…….DID NOT call 911, left the scene, and had her husband cover it up! He should also be charged with accessory after the fact for his help in the cover up…..as should former Sheriff Flemming! This whole thing stinks to the highest levels of COVER UP! I personally knew and worked with Francoise for many years! You could not find a sweeter, more caring person anywhere in the world!

      RIP Francoise…….you are deeply missed by all whose lives you touched!

  7. David S. says:

    She should have deserved the max sentence.

  8. farstyre says:

    bye bye

  9. Kendall says:

    Since John Fischer failed to report his wife’s role in this he needs to be prosecuted as well.

    • Nancy N. says:

      It is not actually a crime to fail to report a crime, except in very specific instances like child abuse which are covered by so-called “mandatory reporting” laws.

      So you’ll have to take the lynch mob elsewhere.

  10. Barb says:

    That sentence is way too light.

  11. Mitch says:

    Alcoholism gets a bad wrap again or should I say sober one’s.

  12. Anonymous says:

    It’s not what you know….it’s who you know. This is NOT justice. This is a slap on the hand. Regardless of what Mrs. Fisher thought she hit, she should have stopped at the scene, and checked the car and surroundings out. I expect the same judgment if I ever néed the time to digest what I had just done, when I handle it inappropriately.

    • johnny taxpayer says:

      Try reading the facts of the case again, she did stop and someone else called 911 almost instantly. She’s being sent to state prison for 25 months because she didn’t declare then and there to the medics that she hit the lady. I really hope you’re never put in that position, but if you are, I would suggest you won’t face the same judgment, because you probably won’t even be prosecuted. This lady is going to prison BECAUSE she’s a politician’s wife, anyone else would not have been prosecuted.

      • PC Mom says:

        You’re kidding, right??????

      • Anonymous says:

        She is going to prison because she is a LIAR! Her husband is also a LIAR! And his friend (our former Sheriff) is also a LIAR!

        She did not call 911 right away because she was tanked! She drove home…..DRUNK….after hitting Miss Pecqueur and had her husband call his good ‘ol boy buddy Sheriff Flemming, and they covered the whole thing up! Had she actually been given a breathalyzer test at the scene by FHP when it happened….she would have gone to jail that night, and the charge would have been DUI Manslaughter….not some cockamayme deal for 25 months in prison! She will be home in 8 months, no driving for 3 years and 10 years of probation! That is not justice! I urge our new Sheriff to investigate the actions of her husband and the former Sheriff in this case……..and charge them with being accessories after the fact!

  13. confidential says:

    Jasemine got scott free and her husband should not be any longer in the School Board, as he lied too and is a very bad example of crooked leadership for our Flagler County students.
    No wonder few of our youth get into the wrong path because they also believe they can get away with anything including murder.

  14. Nancy N. says:

    So sad for all involved. None of these people will ever be the same again. No amount of prison time for Mrs. Fischer can bring Mrs. Pécqueur back. Prison or not, Mrs. Fischer’s life is ruined by these events. So fighting over a few months either way of prison time is just details that doesn’t change the big picture here. It’s just a tragedy, and there are no winners here.

  15. Pam says says:

    Jamesine’s cock and bull story is to phoney to believe but she still gets only 25 months. I’m sure if this had been Jane Doe she would have landed 30 years. So many obvious lies by both her and John.

  16. Katie Seamore says:

    This was an accident. She did not intend to kill anyone. Can any of you put yourself or one of your loved one in her shoes, and if they have an accident and someone dies, would you think that you or they should go away forever and a day? She was not charged with hit and run or causing the death of a person.

    • Just my opinion says:

      We know it was an accident. It is what she did after the accident. She left the scene, went back to the scene and watched as the medics worked on Francoise Pecqueur. Fischer did not open her mouth and say, ” I thought I hit a dog, but I must have hit her”. She then went home still saying she hit a dog. Mr. Fischer is the one who ended up calling the police, not Mrs. Fischer. So it is not the accident because accidents happen all the time. It was her lack of respect for human life that is at question here.

      She did not care enough to open her mouth and tell the medics that this woman was hit by a car. She let them believe that she fell. We will never know if Francoise Pecqueur would have survived her injuries if the truth came out then, but we do know that everything medically could have been done hours sooner had they been told the truth.

      So 25 months in prison is not long enough for someone that decided to lie and as a result of the lie, some one died. She is very capable of knowing right from wrong and she purposely did the wrong thing.

    • Reality Check says:

      @ Katie, put yourself in the victims shoes, would you react the same if it was your mother, husband, or even your child? There can be no sympathy for the Fischer’s; they tried to cover up a crime. We can only hope that the civil trial reeks havoc on their lives, as for John he should be forced to step down from his public position for trying to use his political influence to cover this up.

    • concerned citizen says:

      Wow! I guess if your mother/sister/friend was the VICTIM you would still feel the same way. No biggie, just a simple accident. Right?

    • Anonymous says:

      And I suppose that every other drunk on the road that hits and kills someone does not intend to hit or kill anyone. She was tanked! She hit Miss Pecqouer, left her on the side of the road to die, while she drove home DRUNK and had her husband and the former Sheriff cover the whole thing up! She should have been charged with DUI Manslaughter, Felony Hit & Run Resulting in Death, and Leaving the Scene of an Accident with a Death. So much for justice! But then again…..when your spouse is a politician, who is friends with the Sheriff…..you can get away with murder!

  17. rose duncan says:

    ok so she kills someone and gets 25 months yet the wrey case for stealing money gets 30 yrs? something is wrong here. seriously .

  18. Anonymous says:

    My thoughts and prayers continue to be with the victims family and loved ones. It is so Sad,that the justice system would not sentence Mrs. Fischer to the maximum 36 months. That in itself seems like a minor punishment, and I for one agree with Vyvyan’s attorney who minced no words at the time in describing the case. “I would say due to the egregious nature of Ms. Fischer’s conduct that that prompted State Farm to settle the matter sooner rather than later,” Allan Ziffra said. “Our position is that Fischer’s conduct was beyond the boundaries of human decency
    And some wonder why there are so many that are losing faith in our legal system…

  19. RG says:

    How could of the Dept of motor vehicles prevented this? Oh thats right they could not of Because they dont have a test for stupid. And thats right You cant fix stupid! Time to give up your drivers lic for life. And yes please dont move back to Palm Coast when you get out of prison stupid.

  20. there are three sides to every story says:

    25 months for a hit and run murder…whats that judge thinking?

  21. Anonymous says:

    “Conduct beyond the boundaries of human decency” is well said! Ms. Fischer should have been given the full sentence. It is circumstances like this one that begin to erode ones faith in the legal system. My thoughts and prayers to the victims family and loved ones.

  22. Gia says:

    She had to stop immediately & call for help. An accident, but she & the husband tried to covered it up.

  23. Alfred E Newman says:

    She shoud have told the cops that she sneezed the day she ran over Mrs Pecqueur.
    That excuse works around here. It worked on 100 the other day.

  24. Donna Heiss says:

    @Katie. Of course this was an accident. It is how Mrs. Fischer dealt with it afterward that was, in my opinion, inhumane. There are too many unanswered questions here.

    Even if you just see a person lying on the side of the road, would you not call for help? My cell phone is in my purse too. I take it out when I need to use it. Mrs. Fischer’s excuse for not calling was her cell phone was in her purse in her car a few feet away. Really?

    She noticed her windshield shattered when she got to her friends house. She did not tell her husband about it when she got home? Of course she did. Thats why in his words, he went to the accident scene.

    So, this is not about an accident. This is about doing the right thing after an accident occurs. I believe and this is just my personal opinion, there where other factors why Mrs. Fischer did not call for help. I also believe and again, my personal opinion, Mr. Fischer was looking out not only for his wife, but that of his political career.

  25. Nancy N. says:

    Everyone here seems to be forgetting that Mrs Fischer was only charged with Leaving the Scene, which is a failure to report the events to law enforcement, and not with homicide. There is, legally, a VERY distinct difference which no one here seems to want to grasp because you’re so busy riling up the virtual lynch mob. She wasn’t charged with being at fault in the accident or causing the death, simply with what she did after the fact by not acknowledging her role in the accident to first responders at the scene.

    I believe if you check state records you all will see that her sentence is in line with others statewide for similar offenses. Judges are elected and they don’t put themselves out on limbs with light sentences in cases that are politically sensitive and receiving a ton of media attention!

    Everyone assumes that someone who leaves the scene of an accident is at fault in the accident and trying to hide something. That’s not necessarily the case. People leave accident scenes for a lot of reasons – panic, being unaware they had an accident (as with the bus stop incident here locally yesterday), lack of insurance, all sorts of things that have nothing to do with being at fault in the actual incident. It’s up to law enforcement to sort that out. LET THEM DO THEIR JOBS, instead of trying and convicting the person in the media of crimes they haven’t even been charged with.

    And as for all of you questioning the judgement of the Fischers on that day…all I can say is…there but for the grace of God go you. Just wait until the day you are faced with the unimaginable and see what happens to your mental faculties. It won’t be pretty, I assure.

    • Reality Check says:

      @ Nancy, You can try and support your friends any way you like, spin it how ever you want, She KILLED someone; like to see how you would respond if your Mother was run down and killed by a motorist. She should have been charged to the fullest extent of the law, not just on the one count but on multiple counts, leaving the scene, lying to authorities, and vehicular homicide (not manslaughter) the main reason people leave the scene is they are hiding some thing. I have to believe with her past addictions she thought she would be facing a DUI, hope her and her husband face a hard civil trail, the pocketbook seems the best place for people to be hit; because 2 years in prison does this crime no justice.

      • Nancy N. says:

        To be clear, I’ve only even met the Fischers a few time. My interest in this case comes from having seen too many of these internet lynchings where people who have no familiarity with how the justice system works and who play fast and loose with rumor and innuendo disguised as facts convict people of crimes they haven’t even been charged with. We see it everyday in the media and our justice system has become completely perverted by the influence of public hysteria on the elected officials that run our justice system. If you’ve read my comment history, you’d know this is far from the first news story I’ve expressed these sentiments on.

    • Anonymous says:

      Maybe what killed this woman was not receiving immediate attention. Maybe this case should have been settled out of county where the Fischer weren’t so connected. Maybe she shouldn’t have a reputation for drinking and driving. What ever really happened this just doesn’t feel like justice.

  26. Nikia says:

    All these stories about Mrs Fischer being a churchgoer doesn’t make me feel any better about her character just makes me think she is a hypocrite. Good thing God is more just than our legal system.

  27. Deep South says:

    The bottom line is she was drinking when she hit Mrs. Pecquerur. She left because she didn’t want to be charged with a DUI that resulted in the death of Mrs. Pecquerur. She was covering up her drinking, and went home to sober up. This lady wasn’t stupid, she knew is she stayed and was convicted the punishment would have been severe.

  28. Samuel Smith says:

    Had she been black she would have gotten the death penalty

  29. Anon says:

    A judge in Flagler County, sentences a mentally ill man to 24 months for stabbing and killing a dog. Possibly the same judge who sentenced Ms. Fischer.

    http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20130410/NEWS/130419990/1045/ARTICLES?Title=Palm-Coast-dog-stabber-faces-10-more-months-in-prison

    One distinction is that I don’t think his relatives are politically connected.

  30. fla native says:

    Wow! Now people can run rough shod will-nilly all over the place,hit and kill pedestrians, tell their spouses,have them try to cover it up,say you hit a dog, and only get 25 months in jail. OUR SYSTEM IS BROKEN.My prayers for the family that lost that lady.

  31. Flaglergal says:

    Several years ago I had a friend who accidentally hit a woman on a bike and killed her…. He jumped out of his car immediately and began to give her CPR… Only to find out later she had hepatitis c….AND she was on a bike because of her multiple DUI s…. He went to prison for six years….. Just sayn….

  32. Agnese says:

    Since Judge Walsh doesn’t think Fischer is “bad people” I wonder how a “good Christian” could have the conscience to hit a person and make up a story to cover up the fact, then delay reporting it, and use her husbands connections to try getting out of it. Not my idea of a good Christian.

  33. The Conservative says:

    Johnny Taxpayer This woman left the scene,one could only guess because she was drunk.It also seemed like the sheriff
    as well as the husband were trying to do a cover up. Im guessing this had an negative effect on his bid to
    be sheriff again.The husband should be fired for his part,.It just goes to show in Flagler County its
    who you know, kill a person ,leave the scene = 25 months so wrong, try to cover it up while working on the school board = nothing. sinful

  34. Howard Duley says:

    She got a gift. If that was someone not as prominent they would have gotten 10. It pays to be connected. People in positions take care of their own. Never know when you may need help yourself.

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