NORTHAMPTON – The man wanted in a fatal November hit-and-run in Fulton County, who authorities say fled to Pennsylvania after the crash, may soon be returned to New York to face the charge, a newspaper in Pennsylvania wrote.
Derrick H. Carlisle, 44, of Northville, appeared in court in Sunbury, Pa., Thursday via video conference and waived extradition to New York, The Sunbury (Pa.) Daily Item wrote.
The decision means that Fulton County authorities have 30 days to pick up Carlisle and return him to Fulton County, the paper wrote. Carlisle’s status was unclear Sunday.
Carlisle is accused of striking and killing 46-year-old Andria Berger with his vehicle and then fleeing the scene in November.
Carlisle was taken into custody the evening of Nov. 17 in Point Township, Pa., about 14 hours after Berger’s body was discovered along a stretch of Route 30, near an outdoor equipment store. Point Township is about 300 miles south of where Berger was killed.
Police in Pennsylvania then charged him with weapons and stolen property counts, related to a gun he was accused of possessing during his traffic stop there.
He later pleaded no contest to possessing a loaded firearm without a license and was sentenced to three months of time served. That led to his appearance this past week, where he waived extradition, The Daily Item wrote.
Berger was a longtime advocate for disability rights, working passionately to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities. She worked in Amsterdam for the Resource Center for Independent Living.
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State police have previously said there is an active arrest warrant out for Carlisle in connection with Berger’s death, charging him with leaving the scene of a fatal accident.
Though he was arrested hours after the Fulton County hit-and-run, his return to New York has been delayed due to charges Carlisle faced in Pennsylvania related to his traffic stop there, including weapons and stolen property counts.
Alerted by New York State Police, police there recovered a gun from Carlisle, determined he wasn’t legally allowed to carry it and that it had been reported stolen.
Correction: 10:54 a.m. 6/15: An incorrect name was included in the second-to-last paragraph. The paragraph refers to Carlisle and has been corrected.