Veteran Winston-Salem police officer convicted in fatal crash

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A pickup driven by Alan Edward Dunnagan, 68, collided with a police car driven by Sgt. John Leone on May 13, 2015. Dunnagan died two weeks after the accident occurred. Jordan Howse/Journal

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem police officer who has been on the force 21 years was convicted in connection to a crash that killed a 68-year-old man earlier this year.

Sgt. John William Leone Jr., 48, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Forsyth District Court to misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. His case was heard in conflict-court, which had a special judge from outside Forsyth County. That judge was Fritz Mercer, the former chief district judge in Charlotte. Leone was accused of causing the death of Alan Edward Dunnagan of Crossgate Road.

Mercer deferred judgment in the case and ordered Leone to perform 200 hours of community service. His next court date would be May 18.

Assistant District Attorney Matt Breeding said in court that the crash happened about 10 p.m. May 13 at the intersection of Reynolda and Polo Road. Leone was at a stop light on Reynolda Road in the southbound lane. The light was red, but Leone drove into the intersection.

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