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Man pleads guilty after fatal hit-and-run crash

A 24-year-old man from Bristol Township, Pennsylvania, was recently given a prison sentence with a minimum length of six-and-a-half years and a maximum of 13 years. After his release, he will be on probation for five years. According to allegations, the man was drinking and driving in an Audi on New Falls Road in the aforementioned township.

The drunk driving accident that soon occurred involved a 36-year-old man walking to meet his mother for a ride. Officials believe that the 24-year-old was speeding in his vehicle when he passed another vehicle using the shoulder. That is when he struck the pedestrian who had just been out at the bar with his brothers. His mother had been waiting for him in her car-she found him in the roadway and held him until he died.

The man's Audi was brand new and was not yet registered. He tried to cover up the crash and threatened his friends who knew of it that he would kill them if they reported anything to anyone. Reports indicate that he then went out to another bar and was seen laughing there, according to prosecutors. Once the friends heard that the 36-year-old died due to the crash, they decided to go to the police.

The car was found at a storage center before police officers arrested him. During his trial, the judge stated that he was convinced that the 24-year-old did not feel as remorseful about the incident as he should. The man pleaded guilty to several charges including homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence-the most serious crime in this accident.

Prosecutors said that the man was driving recklessly before the accident, which happened around 12:30 a.m. An assistant district attorney said that the former high school football player was only looking out for himself. Previously, the 24-year-old had been charged twice with careless driving and received three speeding tickets.

Source: Levittown Patch, "'Maniac Behind the Wheel' Sentenced in Tragic Hit, Run Death," Tom Sofield, Dec. 14, 2012

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