August 1, 2021

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Guy sentenced in ‘cat and mouse’ deadly I-80 accident

WILKES-BARRE — A truck driver from North Carolina, whose legal professional argued he was associated in a “cat and mouse” sport with a further driver that resulted in a deadly crash, was sentenced in Luzerne County Court on Tuesday.

Thomas Kay Wilt, 57, of Lexington, was running a tractor-trailer hauling cattle on Interstate 80 when he clipped the rear of a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, pushed by Paul Patrick Hillman, 55, on Dec. 22, 2019.

The impact brought about Hillman, of Philadelphia, to eliminate command of his car that crashed in the eastbound lanes of the interstate in close proximity to mile marker 265.1 in Dennison Township.

State law enforcement noted other motorists claimed Hillman was driving recklessly and experienced driven off the interstate prior to both of those motorists taunting every single other.

Wilt’s attorney, Frank William Nocito, all through the sentencing listening to ahead of Choose David W. Lupas applied two toy vehicles to illustrate how the the entrance brush guard on Wilt’s tractor clipped a tow hitch on Hillman’s pickup, contacting the incident “cat and mouse.” Nocito pointed out an investigation by condition police showed Hillman was driving in the heart of the interstate staggering amongst the driving and passing lanes in entrance of Wilt’s tractor.

Wilt, who pleaded responsible to homicide by vehicle May possibly 5, apologized to Hillman’s household who appeared in courtroom.

Nocito claimed the incident has afflicted Wilt, who continues to seek out counseling, although inquiring for a probation sentence or the decreased finish of 3 months to just one yr in jail. Nocito also instructed an Intermediate Punishment sentence noting Wilt would choose residence in Luzerne County at the Extended Stay American Resort in Plains Township.

Deputy District Legal professional Thomas Hogans mentioned the incident was “a typical circumstance of road rage,” which remaining one particular individual deceased noting other motorists did not see brake lights on Wilt’s tractor-trailer following colliding with Hillman’s car.

Condition police explained Wilt continued to push absent and was later on uncovered at a slaughter residence in Montgomery County where by he was arrested.

Hillman’s brother, Nicholas John Hillman, reported the decline of his brother, “Left a gap in our life,” whose two youthful sons will increase up without a father. Nicholas Hillman described his brother as someone who “never turned his back on any person,” and as soon as been given an award for assisting Philadelphia police in capturing a theft suspect.

Lupas sentenced Wilt to provide 4 months at the county correctional facility followed by eight months residence arrest with electronic checking at the Prolonged Keep The usa Hotel, adopted by two decades of probation. Wilt was ordered to report at the county jail prior to 5 p.m. on July 29 adhering to an eye examination in North Carolina in planning for eye surgery in the around future.