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Pawtucket man sentenced in fatal crash

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A Pawtucket man was sentenced to 15 years in prison with seven years to serve for his role in a 2011 drunken driving crash that killed a woman as she was riding a bicycle in Woonsocket.

Peter Major, 43, learned his fate Tuesday in Providence Superior Court.

On July 1, 2011, Major struck 46-year-old Suzanne Potter at the corner of Bernon and Grove Streets. She died more than a month later from the injuries she sustained as a result of the incident.

In April, Major pleaded guilty to driving under the influence death resulting, and leaving the scene of an accident, death resulting.

"This is a definitely the most difficult thing I've encountered, having to accept responsibility for such a horrific crime. I want to apologize to the entire Potter and Gonyea families," he said.

Potter's family did not appear in court on Tuesday.

"These are the most difficult cases because these are not like not like typical criminal cases, these are defendants who've make horrific errors in judgments and mistake," said prosecutor Jay Sullivan, who spoke on behalf of the victim's family.

Major will lose his license for five years after he's released from prison. He was also ordered to perform 250 hours of community service.

"I know that I can't bring her back, but I know that I can work hard to help others understand the addiction," he said.

Major's lawyer said in court that his client has not driven since the date of the accident and enrolled in alcohol counseling.

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