Pa. prosecutor to decide if charges should be filed in deadly 2018 hit-and-run

Kristen Johanson
June 27, 2019 - 8:04 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A state prosecutor will now review whether charges should be filed against a driver accused of hitting and killing an 11-year-old boy more than a year ago. The move comes after the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office declined to charge the woman.

Homicide Supervisor Anthony Voci with the District Attorney’s office told Judge Ben Lerner they thoroughly investigated the crash that killed Julian Angelucci.

Voci says Julian was riding his bike at 10th and Shunk Streets, in May of last year, when he was hit.

“All of his internal organs were twisted and every bone in his body was broken,” Julian’s grandfather, Daniel Angelucci, said.

He says they have video showing the woman blowing a stop sign and running into Julian.

“We had to file a private criminal complaint and handle it on our own,” Angelucci said.

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Judge Marsha Neifield ordered charges to be filed.

Neifield is the same judge who ordered charges be filed against Brandon Bostian, the engineer for ill-fated Amtrak train 188, after the DA’s office declined to charge him.

Defense attorney Lewis Small, who represents the driver, says the DA’s office made the right choice.

“I mean, she feels very sorry and terrible about everything, but it was not her fault,” Small said. “This is not a criminal case; it’s an unfortunate incident on both sides.”

Judge Lerner appointed a prosecutor within the state’s Attorney General Office to review the case, and they will have a hearing on the matter next month.