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.
Upper Darby Township police were contacted about a hit and run and when they responded to the scene, several witnesses described the victim being hit by the front driver's side of an SUV type vehicle. Witnesses told Police the driver stopped for a very brief moment then left the scene. Upper Darby Township Superintendent of Police, Michael J. Chitwood was quoted as saying "it was the ultimate cowardly act" in a statement released on November 14th. Mr. Donahue's blood alcohol level was not able to be tested.
Days later police went to Mr. Donahue's Roxborough home and found his vehicle, a Jeep Cherokee, to have front driver's side damage. The vehicle was towed and Mr. Donahue made arrangements to go to the police station. Mr. Donahue resigned from the Delaware County District Attorney's office on November 9th. He was employed there for 5 years.
Mr. Donahue posted 10% of his $25,000.00 bail and was released.
The District Attorney's Office turned this case over to the Attorney General's Office to prosecute due to a conflict of interest. I imagine a special judge from out of the county will be appointed to preside over this case.
Mr. Donahue was a full time court room attorney for the District Attorney's Office. He currently was assigned to Judge James P. Bradley's courtroom. Recently, my office has had quite a few cases to defend against Mr. Donahue. These cases will now be reassigned to other Assistant District Attorney's in the office.
On the day this story went public, I was scheduled to defend two cases with Mr. Donahue. One of which was a jury trial that had to be continued.
Call my office if you or someone you know was involved in a Delaware County hit and run or a DUI and need an attorney, please contact Jason R. Antoine Attorney at Law at (610) 299-0295.