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Winkis, police sergeant charged in fatal crash, surrenders

Winkis, 45, who was charged with involuntary manslaughter and vehicular homicide while driving under the influence after a fatal car accident last month, gave himself into authorities and was arraigned today.

Thomas Winkis. Credit: District Attorney's office. Thomas Winkis. Credit: District Attorney's office

A Philadelphia Police sergeant sought in connection with a fatal crash last month has turned himself in to authorities.

Thomas Winkis, 45, who was charged with involuntary manslaughter and vehicular homicide while driving under the influence after a deadly collision last month, was arraigned today.

His bail was set at $50,000 and his next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 16.

Winkis, a 21-year veteran of the police force, crashed into a van just before midnight on Sept. 14 in Northeast Philadelphia. David Farries, 55, eventually succumbed to his injuries.

Last week, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said Winkis was suspended for 30 days, and will likely be fired.

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