BROCKTON — A Brockton man will serve two and a half years in jail after admitting this week to leaving the scene of a crash that left an elderly woman dead in November 2020.

On Wednesday, 35-year-old Michael Blanche pleaded guilty to one count each of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and driving with a suspended license, according to the Plymouth County District Attorney's Office.

Blanche hit 72-year-old Brockton resident Marie Rose Bienaime with his car when she was walking near 259 Pleasant St. on Nov. 17, 2020, but fled the scene.

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First responders dispatched by a 911 call arrived to find her unresponsive. Bienaime was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

State and Brockton police detectives identified a green vehicle from surveillance footage taken near the scene of the crash, according to the D.A.'s office.

Two days after the fatal hit and run, on Nov. 19, 2020, investigators found the vehicle behind an abandoned home.

Blanche was eventually identified as the driver and arrested.

Although prosecutors had recommended a sentence of up to five years in state prison, the D.A.'s office noted, Blanche was ultimately sentenced to serve two and a half years in the local correctional institution.

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