The families, accompanied by Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota and state senators, demanded that the maximum sentence be increased from seven to 15 years for hit-and-run drivers.
Preston Mimms, 48, pleaded guilty last month to charges in connection with the accident that killed 24-year-old Erika Hughes on July 29, 2011.
Erika Hughes was in the prime of her life, with a great job and a beautiful daughter, when her life was snatched away by a hit-and-run driver last year. Now, a controversial plea deal could send the driver away for little more than a year in prison.
Preston Mimms of Mastic was charged with leaving the scene of the July 29, 2011, accident.
Officers say the victim was walking on Mastic Road in Mastic Beach when she was struck Thursday night. The impact threw her body against a curb. The driver fled the scene without so much as slowing down.