Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Sgt. Thomas Winkis Charged with Killing Driver Will Stand Trial

A former Philadelphia police officer will stand trial on charges stemming from an off-duty car crash that killed the other driver.

The Philadelphia Inquirer said a judge Wednesday ruled that there was enough evidence for the case to proceed against 46-year-old former police Sgt. Thomas Winkis on charges including vehicular homicide, involuntary manslaughter and drunken driving.

Investigators say Winkis was drunk and driving 100 mph in a 35 mph zone when he broadsided a van around 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 in northeast Philadelphia.

The driver of the van, 55-year-old David Farries, died in a hospital several days later.
Winkis had been fired from the police force.

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