MEDIA, Pa. – Serious charges filed against a former assistant district attorney accused in a hit-and-run crash that left a Delaware County teen seriously injured has been dropped by the presiding judge.
Acquitted last Friday of aggravated assault and driving under the influence charges was former Delaware County Assistant District Attorney Michael Donohue, of Haverford.
However, the 32-year-old defendant has still to stand on trial for simple assault, leaving the scene, and other minor counts. A jury will consider the remaining charges against him on Monday.
The incident happened November of 2011 when a 14-year-old boy suffered a broken leg and pelvis and bleeding on his brain from the a vehicular accident involving the former assistant D A. The young boy was hospitalized and missed three months of school.
Prosecutor Joseph McGettigan contended that Donohue was out drinking with co-workers at the night of the crash. But Donohue’s defense attorney claimed that his was not drunk.
The prosecutor cited to the jurors that the former assistant district attorney committed several offenses. He allegedly struck a teen; left him lying on the road with serious injuries and had drunk an estimated 140 ounces of Guinness Stout before the crash. These were the charges outlined by Prosecutor Joseph McGettigan outline in Delaware County this morning against Michael Donahue, who is accused of the hit and run. Donahue’s defense attorney accepted that his client struck the Haverford Township teen and then left him lying on the road but said his client was not drunk.
The parents of the boy and lots of other people in the community are surprised that a grave infringement committed by a person of high standing is not given justice.
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