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A West Manchester Township man has avoided prison for driving through a red light light at nearly twice the speed limit and hitting a man, causing long-term brain damage.

Rashad Akleem Day, 28, of the first block of Greenwood Road, pleaded guilty in York County Court on Tuesday, June 12, to the third-degree felony of aggravated assault by vehicle.

As part of a negotiated plea agreement, he was sentenced to five years of probation, according to court records.

York City Police said Day was headed westbound and going nearly 50 mph on May 3, 2017, when he ran a red light at the intersection of North George and Philadelphia streets, hitting a man.

The man suffered serious injuries as he was crossing Philadelphia street in the crosswalk, court documents state.

He suffered serious injuries, including long-term brain damage, police said.

Day initially told officers that the traffic light had just turned from green to yellow, so he accelerated in an attempt to make it through the light before it turned red, police said.

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But video footage of the crash showed Day entered the intersection after the light had turned red, court documents state.

Also, police said, Day was going between 47 mph and 49 mph when he struck the man. The speed limit there is 25 mph.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.

 

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