Police: Man struck in York City has long-term brain damage

  • Police say a man struck by a car earlier this year now has "long term brain damage."
  • Police say Rashad Day, 27, hit the man with his car while going through a red light.

A West Manchester Township man driving through a red light at nearly twice the speed limit struck a man, causing "long-term brain damage," according to police.

York City Police say Rashad Akleem Day was going nearly 50 mph when he went through the traffic light at the intersection of North George and East Philadelphia streets, striking a man in the process.

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The man suffered serious injuries when he was struck on May 3, according to court documents.

Day, 27, of the first block of Greenwood Road, is charged with aggravated assault by vehicle and summary traffic violations.

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Crash: Police say Day was driving his red 2010 Toyota Rav 4 westbound in the first block of East Philadelphia Street in York City about 5:45 a.m. when he entered the intersection with a red signal.

Day struck a man who was crossing Philadelphia Street from north to south, in the crosswalk, on the west side, court documents allege.

"As a result of the accident, (the victim) suffered serious bodily injury and long-term brain damage," Officer Michael Rykowski wrote in charging documents.

When speaking to authorities, Day said the light had just switched from green to yellow, so he accelerated in an attempt to make it through the light before it turned red, police said.

Video footage of the crash showed Day entered the intersection after the light had turned red, not yellow, according to court documents.

Additionally, police say he was driving between 47 mph and 49 mph when he struck the man. The speed limit there is 25 mph.

Charges were filed for Day on Thursday, Nov. 16, and he was arraigned on them that day. He was released on his own recognizance.

Day does not have an attorney listed, and a phone number could not be found for him.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.