Philadelphia Cop Kills Man While Drag Racing
A Philadelphia police officer was sentenced to serve 3 to 12 months in county jail for killing a man while drag racing with another officer in January 2017.
The officer was sentenced in January 2019.
Officer Adam Soto, 25, of the Philadelphia Police Department was fired shortly after the Jan. 31, 2017 incident. Soto was speeding near a high school when he hit 50-year-old Daniel Dimitri, killing the man. Dimitri was crossing the street to catch a bus in efforts of going to work and picking up his paycheck.
***Danny Dimitri (Middle) with his nieces Stephanie Prosinski and Brittany Prosinski.***
The speed limit was 30 mph, Soto was driving at 80 mph during the impact. Soto was racing with fellow officer Tony Forest. Both officers were off duty at the time of the crash. Forest was not charged with a crime due to insufficient evidence.
Assistant District Attorney Cydney Pope said surveillance video indicated that Soto appeared to be racing along the road.
Soto pleaded guilty in October 2018 to a felony charge of homicide by vehicle and a misdemeanor charge of involuntary manslaughter, WFSB News reports.
And just three months later Soto was sentenced by a judge to 3-12 months imprisonment. Soto was granted work release to be able to provide for his wife and 2-month-old child, meaning he can leave jail to work. The judge ordered Soto to turn himself in Feb. 8 to begin serving his sentence.