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COMMONWEALTH PENNSYLVANIA v. ROHIT SABHARWAL (04/27/88)

filed: April 27, 1988.

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
v.
ROHIT SABHARWAL, APPELLANT



Appeal from Judgment of Sentence of the Court of Common Pleas, Criminal Division, of Montgomery County, No. 2187-86.

COUNSEL

Charles J. King, Jr., Norristown, for appellant.

Patricia E. Coonahan, Assistant District Attorney, Cheltenham, for Com., appellee.

Rowley, Wieand and Montemuro, JJ.

Author: Wieand

[ 373 Pa. Super. Page 242]

Following a trial de novo in the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County, Rohit Sabharwal was found guilty of failing to stop at the scene of an accident with an attended vehicle in violation of 75 Pa.C.S. ยง 3743. Posttrial motions were denied, and Sabharwal was sentenced to pay a fine of three hundred ($300) dollars, plus the costs of prosecution.*fn1 On appeal, Sabharwal contends that the evidence was insufficient to establish a violation of Section 3743 because the damage to the other vehicle was insignificant. Having concluded that the evidence was sufficient to support appellant's conviction, we affirm the judgment of sentence.

The factual scenario underlying appellant's conviction was succinctly stated by the trial court as follows:

[O]n the morning of April 3, 1986, while on her way to work Angela Zangardi noticed that a red sedan had been "tailgating" her for a distance of two and one-half miles. Upon stopping at a red light at the intersection of Croton and Gulph Roads in Upper Merion Township, she was alarmed by a "crash" against the rear of her vehicle, and observed the same red sedan against hers. Ms. Zangardi got out of her car, walked to the driver's side of the red sedan, and asked the driver (Defendant herein) to pull over so that they could exchange information. After she returned to her car and proceeded to pull over to the side of the road, the Defendant drove up beside her car and shouted, "If you want any information, just take down

[ 373 Pa. Super. Page 243]

    my license plate number", and drove off. Ms. Zangardi telephoned the Upper Merion Police Department, related the above incident to Officer Charles Narwich, and gave him the license number of the red sedan.

(Trial Court Opinion at p. 2).

In reviewing appellant's challenge to the sufficiency of the evidence we must determine "whether, viewing all the evidence admitted at trial, together with all reasonable inferences therefrom, in the light most favorable to the Commonwealth, the trier of fact could have found that each element of the offense[ ] charged was supported by evidence and inferences sufficient in law to prove guilt ...


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