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Loughnane Hit-and-run Case Ends With Plea

October 12, 2018

WILKES-BARRE — After six years of legal wrangling, the case against hit-and-run suspect Daniel Loughnane came to a close with a plea deal Friday.

Daniel Loughnane, 45, of Hanover Twp., has been awaiting trial on a felony hit-and-run charge ever since Rebecca McCallick, 19, was run over on Hazle Street in Wilkes-Barre on July 24, 2012. Prosecutors allege Loughnane struck McCallick, who had been using marijuana and lying in the street, while on his way home from the Gentleman’s Club 10 strip club in Wilkes-Barre Twp.

The case was tied up for years over the warrant-less seizure of Loughnane’s pickup. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court eventually held the seizure was illegal, barring prosecutors from using any evidence gleaned from the truck after it was seized.

With the trial set to begin Monday, the parties appeared in court for a motions hearing, but defense attorney Peter Paul Olszewski Jr. said Loughnane had reached a plea deal. Loughnane will plead to a misdemeanor count of involuntary manslaughter in exchange for an agreed-upon sentence of 30 days home confinement, he said.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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