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Friday, June 12, 2015

Less than Four Months before Critically Injuring Bicyclist, Roberts Eluded Prosecution

According to court records (below), Rashan Roberts was facing prison time less than four months before critically injuring bicyclist, Rachel Hall.

Roberts was arrested on October 31, 2014 and subsequently charged with aggravated assault, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, simple assault and reckless endangerment.

Roberts' case was set for trial on January 9, 2015, but the District Attorney's Office withdrew their prosecution that same day. The docket was marked "Commonwealth is not ready, witness failed to appear."

On April 29, 2015, a few months later, Roberts struck Hall near her Temple campus. According to Philly.com, Hall has been transferred to rehab, but is still dependent on a breathing and feeding tube.

The District Attorney's Office has since charged Roberts with leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury under 75 Pa.C.S. § 3742. The statute carries a minimum prison sentence of 90 days for serious bodily injury and three years if the victim dies. 

Multiple news outlets have reported that Roberts' attorney hopes to negotiate a guilty plea.