Mo­torist apol­o­gizes for ‘neg­li­gence’ in crash

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SUNDAY SELECT - By Carl Hessler Jr. chessler@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Mont­coCourtNews on Twit­ter

An apolo­getic Boy­er­town man has ad­mit­ted that he was speed­ing and driv­ing reck­lessly dur­ing a two-ve­hi­cle crash that in­jured a cou­ple in another ve­hi­cle in Lower Prov­i­dence.

“I am very re­morse­ful and ter­ri­bly sorry that any of my reck­less­ness or neg­li­gence caused some­one else harm. I’m very sorry,” Luke Alexan­der Kovitch, 20, said Mon­day as he pleaded guilty in Mont­gomery County Court to mis­de­meanor charges of reck­lessly en­dan­ger­ing other per­sons and sum­mary charges of speed­ing and care­less and reck­less driv­ing in con­nec­tion with the 9:18 a.m. Nov. 8, 2014, crash at Ridge Pike and South Grange Av­enue. “I learned my les­son.”

Pres­i­dent Judge Wil­liam J. Furber Jr., who ac­cepted a plea agree­ment in the case, sen­tenced Kovitch to four years’ pro­ba­tion. Kovitch, of the first block of Col­lege Street, also must pay $14,537 in resti­tu­tion to the crash vic­tims, who suf­fered se­ri­ous in­juries in the crash.

By plead­ing guilty to reck­less en­dan­ger­ment, Kovitch ad­mit­ted that he reck­lessly en­gaged in con­duct which placed other peo­ple in dan­ger of death or se­ri­ous bod­ily in­jury.

The plea agree­ment was hashed out in the midst of a pre­trial hear­ing at which de­fense lawyer Matthew S. Ha­garty and As­sis­tant District At­tor­ney Richard H. Brad­bury Jr. ar­gued about the ad­mis­si­bil­ity at trial of a state­ment Kovitch gave to de­tec­tives sev­eral months af­ter the crash.

“Mr. Kovitch ac­cepts re­spon­si­bil­ity for his ac­tions. He does want to apol­o­gize. I don’t think a day goes by, a minute goes by, that he doesn’t think of (the vic­tims),” Ha­garty said. “I can’t speak highly enough about the young man.”

A more se­ri­ous felony charge of ag­gra­vated as­sault by a ve­hi­cle was not pur­sued by pros­e­cu­tors as part of the plea agree­ment.

“In a nut­shell, he ad­mit­ted to driv­ing at an ex­traor­di­nar­ily high rate of speed up Ridge Pike,” Brad­bury ex­plained. “Ev­ery­one rec­og­nized that this was a tragedy for ev­ery­one in­volved but at the end of the day the

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