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Hit and run accident conviction means jail time for former prosecutor

December 20th, 2012 by Gabriel Z. Levin
The defendant allegedly closed out a $120 bar tab just before he struck the 14-year-old pedestrian.

On Thursday, a Philadelphia judge sentenced a former Delaware County prosecutor to four to eight months' time in a county jail for fleeing the scene of an accident last year.

One night after he had left work in early November 2011, the defendant went out drinking at a local bar with colleagues. An employee of the venue testified that the man had accumulated a tab of $120 before getting in his SUV and leaving the bar. Shortly thereafter, while talking on his mobile phone, the former prosecutor struck a 14-year-old boy who was crossing the street.

Rather than stop to help the young man, who suffered a number of injuries from the incident, the defendant fled the scene. The victim remained in a Philadelphia hospital for the next six days as he recovered from bleeding on the brain, a fractured pelvis and a broken leg, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

It was not until a few days following the accident when the assailant turned himself in to authorities. He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, aggravated assault and driving under the influence. Because the assailant left the scene of the accident and did not turn himself in for several days, the court was unable to prove that he was intoxicated at the time of the crash.

Of the three major offenses, the defendant was only found guilty of the hit and run.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of another person's recklessness or negligence, make sure that justice is served. It's crucial that in order to garner the compensation you feel that you deserve, you are represented by an experience Philadelphia accident attorney who has fought similar battles in the past.

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