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Elderly woman pleads 'no contest' in death of Good Samaritan

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Gloria Van Putten - 9/3/13

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) - The woman charged with driving over a "Good Samaritan" at a crash scene has pleaded "no contest."  Gloria Van Putten, 78, entered the plea in court Tuesday morning. 

Margaret Pittman, 50, was killed in May on East Paris Avenue when she went to assist Van Putten after her vehicle had been hit by another car.  Van Putten's car was still in drive and the air bag had deployed, that's when she accelerated, running over Pittman.  Pittman was pronounced dead at the scene.  Van Putten's attorney commended Pittman for trying to help, but said this story should serve a warning to others to not stand in front of a car at a crash scene. 

The "no contest" plea could carry the same sentence as a guilty sentence, which is one year in jail, one year loss of license and $2,000 in fines.  The judge has not yet set a date for her sentencing. 

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