- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A man who pleaded guilty to striking and killing a jogger in eastern Pennsylvania last year has been sentenced to one to seven years in prison.

Lehigh County Judge James Anthony imposed the sentence Tuesday on 55-year-old Donald Vito of Lehighton, who pleaded guilty last month to homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter, and related counts.

Prosecutors said he was driving on Route 873 in Washington Township in March when he crossed the center line and struck 47-year-old Angela Pope.

Vito repeatedly apologized, saying he had taken prescription medication and dozed off behind the wheel. The judge, however, said he was responsible for what happened.

The (Easton) Express-Times reports that Anthony compared a car to a handgun, saying “If it’s not handled properly, it has devastating effects.”

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