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Commonwealth v. Root
Pennsylvania Supreme Court
403 Pa. 571, 170 A.2d 310 (1961)
Root (defendant) and another individual agreed to drag race at night on a rural highway. The posted speed limit for the highway was 50 miles per hour. During the race, the two men reached speeds in excess of 70 miles per hour. As the two men approached a bridge in a no-passing zone, Root was in the lead and the other individual was directly behind him. When the other man attempted to pass Root by driving into the opposite lane of traffic he was struck and killed by an oncoming truck. Root was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and he appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Jones, C.J.)
Dissent (Eagen, J.)
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