Guilty plea in deadly Pa. crash

July 31, 2009 8:17:32 AM PDT
A suburban Philadelphia man who crashed his car into a tree, killing a friend, while allegedly fleeing from police faces a mandatory minimum of four years in prison after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide. Twenty-two-year-old Johnnie Bowden Jr. of Kennett Square entered an open guilty plea Thursday and will be sentenced later. He was charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, DUI, accident involving death while not properly licensed and fleeing or attempting to elude an officer.

Police said Bowden was high on marijuana and driving without a license on Oct. 2 when an officer tried to pull him over in Chester County for expired registration. Authorities say an officer approached the car but it pulled out suddenly, forcing the officer to move out of the way to avoid being struck, and the car crashed soon afterward.

Bowden's front-seat passenger, Matthew Lee, was pronounced dead on arrival at Christiana Hospital.


Information from: Daily Local News