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July 29, 1993 | By Cindy Anders, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Chester County Judge Thomas Gavin this week found a Coatesville man innocent of vehicular homicide in connection with a 1992 crash. Howard Squires, 44, of the 300 block of West Lincoln Highway, was also found innocent of drunken driving, speeding and involuntary manslaughter, but was found guilty of driving with a suspended license and drinking while driving. On May 31, 1992, Squires failed to negotiate a curve on Route 82 and crashed his Cadillac. Ricardo Graham, 43, a passenger in the car, was killed.
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March 31, 1991 | By Patrick Scott, Special to The Inquirer
The District Attorney's Office has withdrawn a charge of vehicular homicide against a Cochranville man who was accused of the crime after his van crashed into a car in Chadds Ford last April, killing an Aston woman. State Police on Aug. 21 charged Amos R. Henry, 52, with homicide by vehicle and a summary violation of driving at an unsafe speed. The violation was based on a witness' account that Henry had been speeding on the rainy surface of U.S. Route 1 near State Route 100 on the afternoon of April 30. Henry lost control of a Ford Econoline van headed west on Route 1, crossed the concrete median and struck an eastbound car driven by Rosemarie Dewees, 47, of Aston, according to State Police.
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December 7, 2001 | By Mary Anne Janco INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A Woodlyn man was sentenced yesterday to 11 1/2 to 23 months in prison for a vehicular homicide in which the other driver died because the gun in his waistband holster went off in the crash. Clifton Womack, 32, of the 1600 block of Constitution Avenue, apologized to the wife of Vincent Walls, a night-shift security supervisor at Widener University, who had been ready to enter the Delaware County Community College Police Academy. Walls, 33, died of multiple blunt-force injuries associated with a gunshot wound to the abdomen, authorities said.
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August 7, 2005 | By Tom McGurk INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
There was a homicide in Gloucester County recently, but a new, energetic 20-student task force was on the case. The crime was a role-playing scenario, but the situation gave summer interns in the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office an interesting and uncommon look into the vast world of law enforcement and the criminal justice system. The focus of the four-week program, which ended Friday, ranged from gaining clues and photographs at a crime scene to a criminal trial. Tours of county and federal jails and a mock grand-jury presentation were included.
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May 28, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 16-year-old girl who crashed her father's SUV in the Poconos last summer while driving without a license, killing three boys from Council Rock High School South, was placed on indefinite probation Tuesday, according to the Wayne County, Pa., District Attorney's Office. In lieu of being sent to a juvenile placement facility, Julia Ware, of Pleasantville, N.Y., also was ordered to write a 2,000-word essay about the effects of her crime, perform 300 hours of community service, pay nearly $24,000 in restitution, and attend weekly counseling, said prosecutor Janine Edwards.
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June 19, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
In an rare ruling from the bench, a Philadelphia judge on Tuesday acquitted an East Mount Airy man of vehicular homicide and involuntary manslaughter in a car-bike crash that killed an off-duty police officer who was his romantic rival. Common Pleas Court Judge Lillian H. Ransom's acquittal of Kareem Alleyne in the July 15, 2012, death of 35-year-old Marc Brady came after three days of testimony and moments after the prosecution case ended. Alleyne, 36, a tall, thin man dressed in a business suit, bent over to embrace his defense attorney, James Funt.
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February 7, 2014 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police Sgt. Thomas Winkis had been doing shots with a friend in a Northeast Philadelphia tavern before he got behind the wheel of his Dodge Challenger, barreled down the road at 100 m.p.h., and slammed into a Ford van, fatally injuring a 55-year-old Fishtown man last summer, the friend testified Wednesday. Gina D'emilio, 26, told Municipal Court Judge Karen Y. Simmons that she and Winkis, 46, left the bar together about 11:30 p.m. Sept. 14. She told the court that she was drunk: She had been doing shots, and also had wine and a gin tonic.
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October 3, 2013 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
A POLICE SERGEANT charged with driving under the influence after a Sept. 14 crash that killed a Fishtown man posted 10 percent of his $50,000 bail after his arraignment yesterday. Court documents show that Thomas Winkis, a 21-year veteran who worked as an aide to Deputy Commissioner Thomas Wright, was charged Friday with vehicular homicide, involuntary manslaughter, DUI and related offenses. Commissioner Charles Ramsey suspended him for 30 days with intent to dismiss. Police said Winkis, 44, was driving a Dodge Challenger southbound on State Road shortly before midnight the night of the crash when he slammed into a Ford Econoline van driven by David Farries at the intersection of Ashburner Street.
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August 2, 2013 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
POLICE HAVE charged a Delaware County woman with vehicular homicide after she drove her car into a stopped tractor-trailer last summer, killing her passenger. Nichole Labelle, 23, of Secane, also was charged with driving under the influence, involuntary manslaughter and related offenses, according to court records. She was jailed on $350,000 bail and faces an Aug. 14 preliminary hearing. Labelle was driving west on Enterprise Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia at 4:15 p.m. on July 15, 2012, when her car drifted onto the shoulder and hit a stopped tractor-trailer, said Officer Christine O'Brien, a Philadelphia Police spokeswoman.
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August 2, 2013 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
A driver who crashed into a popular Jersey Shore bar in 2011, killing his passenger and seriously injuring a bystander - and who has filed a civil suit seeking damages against the victim's estate - was sentenced Wednesday in Superior Court to 29 years in state prison. Antonio Vargas, 24, of Somers Point, N.J., was found guilty June 18 of vehicular homicide and aggravated manslaughter in the Jan. 6, 2011, crash. Investigators said Vargas was intoxicated and speeding at close to 100 m.p.h.
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June 26, 2013 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
One person was drunk. Another was street racing. And yet another was speeding at nearly 100 m.p.h. All caused deadly wrecks. Three people pleaded guilty in Bucks County Court on Monday to charges stemming from the three fatal car crashes. Ashley Sheridan, 28, admitted driving at nearly 100 m.p.h. on River Road near Route 1 in Falls Township before rear-ending another car. Mary McGrath, 66, of Morrisville, spent eight months in the hospital before succumbing to her injuries, Deputy District Attorney Antonetta Stancu said.
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April 20, 2013 | Associated Press
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - Closing arguments began Friday at the trial of a man accused of a 2008 boat crash that killed a man. Anthony DiGilio of Brick is charged with vehicular homicide. Prosecutors say DiGilio's speedboat ran over a 17-foot boat on the Metedeconk River, killing Robert Post of Essex Fells.
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March 22, 2013 | BY JAD SLEIMAN, Daily News Staff Writer sleimaj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
A POTTSTOWN high-school student allegedly had smoked pot and was texting when he veered across two lanes and fatally struck a jogger earlier this month, police say, and prosecutors hope to use his high to get a lengthier sentence. The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office on Thursday announced charges of DUI and vehicular homicide against Justin Jackson, 18. A news release notes that investigators found traces of marijuana in the Pottstown teen's blood shortly after the crash.
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March 13, 2013
HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP, N.J. - The husband of a former "Melrose Place" actress drove across a lawn and hit a mailbox hours after she was sentenced last month in a New Jersey court for vehicular homicide, authorities say. Mark Bovenizer, 41, has been charged in Hopewell Township with leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage. A judge on Feb. 14 sentenced his wife, Amy Locane-Bovenizer, to three years in prison. She was drunk when her SUV plowed into a car, killing a woman in 2010.
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