ALBANY, N.Y. - A 20-year-old Albany man has pleaded guilty Wednesday in the hit-and-run death that took the life of a pedestrian in November 2011.
Albany County District Attorney David Soares says Alfred Zwack Jr. faces 3 1/3 to 10 years in state prison after pleading guilty to one count of second-degree manslaughter and one count of leaving the scene of an incident without reporting.
The incident occurred on November 26, 2011 around 1:45 a.m. when Soares says Zwack drove at an excessive speed and over the double yellow lines on Quail Street, striking 29-year-old James Oki then fleeing the scene. Zwack turned himself into the Albany Police Department three days later.
Oki was a Shaker High School graduate, who served in the U.S. Navy for six years.
NEWS10 spoke with Oki's sister April after the accident, who described her
brother as a man with a huge heart, saying she only wishes the driver of
the vehicle thought twice before he drove so recklessly.
"If the man who did this to him even had a
slight knowledge of who my brother was, he would never have left him
there like that," she says.
Zwack remains in custody and is scheduled to be sentenced on October 30th.