PHILADELPHIA — A man has pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide in a hit-and-run crash that killed an off-duty Philadelphia police officer two years ago.
The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/2xdadBn ) reports that 61-year-old Louis Vogwill was sentenced Thursday to time served and five years’ probation in the August 2015 crash that killed 42-year-old Officer Lamar Pool Sr., an 18-year veteran.
Prosecutors sought a one- to two-year sentence, calling Vogwill’s conduct reckless. But defense attorney Michael Engle said his client simply “freaked out” and fled. Drunken-driving charges were withdrawn after blood tests concluded that he wasn’t under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Attorneys told the judge that Vogwill has mental health issues and lives in a homeless shelter. In a statement, he expressed remorse and sympathy for the officer’s family.
Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com