It's been more than seven months since a hit-and-run vehicle badly injured Hanover resident Esther V. Rodgers.

Rodgers, who was 69 at the time, spent days in a coma. She regained consciousness, but as time passed it became clear her injuries had left her profoundly disabled, according to her family.

Michael Rodgers of East Berlin said his 70-year-old mother remains in a nursing home, wheelchair-bound and unable to recognize her loved ones.

"We are just absolutely depressed about the whole situation," he said. "We had all hoped (for a full recovery), but it just doesn't seem to be panning out. It's a tough situation, and we're all dealing with it the best way we can."

The man who ran down Esther Rodgers, Alejandro Aleman, pleaded guilty Thursday in York County Court to accidents involving death or personal injury; failing to stop and give information or render aid; operating a vehicle without insurance and driving an unregistered vehicle.

In exchange for his plea, Aleman, 35, formerly of New Oxford, was sentenced to six to 23 months in York County Prison, with credit for the time he's served since May 28, according to court records.

The background: Aleman was driving the 1993 Ford Mustang that struck Esther Rodgers about 9 a.m. Feb. 25 as she was crossing the 400 block of Baltimore Street. He then fled the scene, according to Hanover Police.


Officers found the Mustang the same night, abandoned at Littlestown Community Park, but Aleman was nowhere to be found, police said. Officers then obtained a warrant for Aleman's arrest.

Esther Rodgers suffered injuries including multiple skull fractures and a broken leg, her family has said.

In early May, Aleman was captured in Laredo, Texas, and has remained in custody since. He waived extradition and was transported to York County Prison in late May, court officials said.

Prison officials confirmed that Aleman has an immigration detainer lodged against him by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

That means when he's served his sentence for the hit-and-run, federal immigration agents will take custody of him, prison officials said.

'Slap on the wrist': Michael Rodgers said his family wasn't notified about last week's plea and sentence, and therefore were unable to attend the proceeding.

"Two years with time served is a slap on the wrist. I'd just like to know how he sleeps at night," Michael Rodgers said. "It seems like a serious breach of our justice system."

Still, he said, in some ways Aleman's punishment is moot.

"The bottom line is, there's nothing they're going to do to him that's going to make my mother any better," he said.

Senior prosecutor Lori Edwards could not be reached for comment.

Defense attorney George H. Margetas said that prior to this case, Aleman had no prior criminal record. He also said that Aleman's sentence was more toward the aggravated time range for the offenses, rather than the standard range.

"We felt the offer was fair. It could maybe have been a little less, but he just wanted to get it over with," Margetas said. "He wasn't happy about what he did."

-- Reach Elizabeth Evans at or 505-5429.