A Levittown woman has been sentenced in a 2021 fatal crash that killed two people
A 23-year-old Levittown woman has been sentenced to probation and home confinement in a fatal 2021 crash that killed a Bensalem mother and daughter.
Bucks County Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Finley sentenced Adian Zuhair Sawad Al-Baidani on January 29 to five years in prison with the first eight months to be spent on home confinement with electronic monitoring.
She was also ordered to pay $15,110 in restitution and perform 100 hours of community service.
The sentence was part of a negotiated agreement in which Al-Baidani pleaded guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter, a first-degree misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison. Other charges against her in the October 21, 2021 incident were dropped.
The initial charge of two counts of vehicular homicide, a third-degree felony, which carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison, was dismissed at a preliminary hearing in 2022.
Bensalem police alleged that Al-Baydani was driving 30 miles above the posted speed limit of 35 mph when she collided head-on with a car driven by Celine Cerrato, 29, killing her and her mother, Raffaella Cerrato, 53, who was a passenger. .
They were returning home after buying groceries for an upcoming wedding when the accident occurred, according to a family member.
The police said that the accident occurred when Al-Baydani was trying to avoid colliding with another vehicle, which led to her being cut off on Al-Fursan Road heading south.
She drove her car over the center turn lane and into the northbound lane, where she collided with a 2003 Dodge Caravan driven by Celine Cerato, court documents allege.
Police said the driver Al-Baydani was trying to avoid — Juliana Ferreira Rocha, 43, of Bensalem — was pulling out of the parking lot of the Creekside Apartments.
Police said Ferreira Rocha did not yield to oncoming traffic, did not stop to help at the scene, and did not call police.
Last year, she pleaded guilty to a charge of failure to yield on the road. She was ordered to pay fines and testify if subpoenaed.
A GoFundMe campaign set up by a Cerrato family member to raise money for the memorial has raised more than $27,500.
“This was a very tragic day for the Cerrato family and for all of our related family seeing how they both were a huge part of our lives and both were amazing women,” the post read. “…This loss was sudden and certainly tragic but we would like to remember them and the good times they had while alive with us. We will never forget them.”
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