Off-duty cop to be charged with speeding into, killing pedestrian

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A Philadelphia police officer who allegedly struck and killed a pedestrian while off-duty and speeding on Cottman Avenue is expected to be charged Wednesday with homicide by vehicle and involuntary manslaughter, authorities said.


Officer Adam Soto will also be suspended from the force for 30 days with the intent to dismiss, said Commissioner Richard Ross.

Soto had been accused of striking Danny Dimitri, 50, a chef at a Burholme seafood restaurant, as Dimitri walked across Cottman near Algon Avenue around 11:30 a.m. in January.





After the crash, investigators were seeking to determine whether Soto was drag racing another car driven by another off-duty officer. A third off-duty officer was a passenger in that other car, authorities said last month.

Ross said the other officers were not expected to be charged Wednesday, but Kathleen Martin, first assistant district attorney, said the investigation was ongoing.

Dimitri’s family said last month that they had been told Soto was driving between 80 and 90 m.p.h. when he struck Dimitri. The speed limit in that area – just outside Northeast High School – is 30 m.p.h.




Witnesses said that Dimitri had no time to get out of the way, and surveillance video from a nearby pizza shop captured footage of his clothes flying and his body landing against a pole.

Dimitri’s supporters said on Facebook that they expected to hold a press conference outside the DA’s Office Wednesday afternoon.












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