NORTHAMPTON – The man accused in the fatal November hit-and-run that killed 46-year-old Andria Berger has been returned to New York to face the charge, state police said Wednesday.
A state police investigator Tuesday traveled to Northumberland County Jail in Pennsylvania and returned with hit-and-run suspect Derrick H. Carlisle.
He was then processed and released to appear in court next month, state police said.
Carlisle, 44, has faced a warrant for his arrest in Fulton County for leaving the scene of a fatal accident in connection with the Nov. 17 death of Berger on Route 30 in Northampton.
Carlisle is accused of striking Berger and then leaving the scene. He soon also left the area, state police have said, and fled to Pennsylvania.
State police zeroed in on him as a suspect and soon tracked him to Point Township, Pa., where police there stopped him about 14 hours after Berger’s body was discovered.
A gun found in his vehicle led to charges there and a delay in his return to Fulton County. He earlier pleaded no contest to a Pennsylvania charge and was sentenced to three months of time served, The Sunbury (Pa.) Daily Item wrote. He then waived extradition in a court appearance last week, leading to his return to New York Tuesday.
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.