Michael Donahue, a former Delaware County Assistant District Attorney was arrested Monday, November 14 and charged with aggravated assault, accident involving death or personal injury, recklessly endangering another person and other crimes. Mr. Donahue was charged as being the driver of the car who struck a 14 year old boy who was walking with three of his friend across Township Line Road in Upper Darby on November 4, 2011. The boy was struck violently, the skateboard he was carrying was split in two. According to witnesses, Mr. Donahue left the scene. The victim was taken to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where he suffered a brain bleed, two hip fractures and several lacerations. Since the date of the accident the victim was released and has been given a good prognosis.
On the night of November 4th, he decided to end his week with friends at a local bar/restaurant in Media. According to court documents, Mr. Donahue left the bar/restaurant around 9:00 p.m. alone and drove to meet a friend to pick up food. He then met friends at a local firehouse in Haverford to eat with them and then left with a friend and drove to another firehouse in Upper Darby. Mr. Donahue then returned to the Haverford firehouse to drop off his friend. Around 10:15 p.m., Mr. Donahue left the firehouse alone and called his friend to let him know he was driving back to Upper Darby. Unfortunately, while Mr. Donahue was talking to his friend on his cell phone, the friend heard him say a curse word then seconds after that a beeping sound, like a car door was opened while still running. Then the phone went dead. Read More
Get ready Pennsylvania, no more texting while driving. The state Senate has sent an amended bill to the desk of Governor Tom Corbett, making it a primary offense and grounds for police to pull your vehicle over and write you a violation. The violation does carry a fine. The Governor is expected to sign the bill and it will go into effect 120 days after signature. Currently, there are 30 other states that have the same ban.
Pennsylvania does not ban talking on cell phones while driving without a hands-free device. Law makers are considering banning cell phone use while driving without a hands-free device. Nine other states have bans on using your cell phone while driving without a hands-free device, such as a Blue Tooth.
In an age where you do mostly everything from your phone from paying bills to looking up directions, one has to ask themselves “what did we do before this technology?” Have we become so reliant on taking care of everything with electronics that we forget about our safety and most importantly the law. State Senator John Wozniak (D) of Cambria County, PA gave a floor speech on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 in Harrisburg before voting took place. In his speech he posed this thought “All the rest of your life for the simple thing of texting a friend you have to live with the fact that you did not have control of your vehicle and you killed somebody”. Read More