Driver to Serve Under 2 Years for Horsham Pedestrian Death
Donald Dinkins III of Abington pleaded guilty Tuesday to homicide by vehicle charges in the death of Sharon Ann Minnick.
A 30-year-old Abington man will serve between 11 1/2 to 23 months behind bars in connection with a Jan. 27 Easton Road crash that claimed the life of a Horsham woman.
Donald Dinkins III of Penn Avenue in the Glenside section of Abington, on Tuesday pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle charges in the death of 50-year-old Sharon Ann Minnick of Horsham, according to phillyburbs.com.
Speed and marijuana were thought to be contributing factors to the Easton Road crash, and subsequently, Minnick's death, authorities said upon charging Dinkins in April.
"Based upon the post-impact roadway evidence left by the Dinkins vehicle, Detective (Robert) Turner determined that the minimum speed of the Dinkins vehicle was 59 miles per hour," according to an excerpt in the six-page affidavit of probable cause. "Detective Turner also determined that if the Dinkins vehicle had been proceeding at or near the posted speed limit of 45 miles per hour that Ms. Minnick could have completely crossed the roadway without being struck."
Police maintain that Minnick was 18 inches shy of completely crossing the heavily traveled four-lane roadway.
Authorities have said they could not determine why Minnick was attempting to cross busy Easton Road at night, while wearing dark-colored clothing at the time of the crash, which occurred at 8:38 p.m. in the area of Girard Avenue.
The crash which took Minnick's life occurred less than two blocks from Jefferson Avenue, the scene of a deadly incident in November. In that case, a 45-year-old man was attempting to cross Easton Road when he was struck by a vehicle.
Since then, Horsham officials have submitted a letter to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation requesting various measures to make the road safer.