Woman Who Crashed on Restaurant Roof Sentenced 5-25 Years in Prison

MIDDLEBURG – A Selinsgrove woman who crashed her car onto the roof of a Shamokin Dam restaurant has been sentenced 5 to 25 years in state prison.

Snyder County District Attorney Mike Piecuch told WKOK Thursday, 44-year-old Theresa Risso was also sentenced to 10 years probation following her prison time.

Risso pleaded guilty in April to felony charges of endangering the welfare of children, aggravated assault with a DUI, and causing or risking a catastrophe. She also pleaded guilty to several misdemeanors.

The high-speed crash occurred March 4, 2022 when police say Risso had her one-year-old daughter in the back seat, and had a blood alcohol content more than four times the legal limit.

She crashed into several vehicles before hitting a concrete barrier and flipped her vehicle onto the roof of the former Golden Chopsticks restaurant. Risso and her daughter were hospitalized for a short time, and police said the child was not properly restrained.

A man who was in a minivan at the restaurant’s parking lot was also seriously injured. The restaurant was demolished.

Risso was initially released from jail last August after posting $200,000 bail, but was then re-incarcerated last October after violating bail conditions.

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