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April 16, 2010 1:09 PM

Tragedy Again at Temple Law

Posted by Brian Baxter

It's been a rough year so far for Temple Law School.

A year that began with one of the school's students implicated in a downtown Philadelphia shooting in January took another bad turn this week as a hit-and-run accident left another student in critical condition. Both incidents involved the children of Am Law 100 partners.

The latest tragedy occurred this past weekend when Temple senior Nicholas Hasselback struck third-year law student Tony Foltz with his car at 2:30 a.m. on Sunday. The Philadelphia Daily News reports that the front windshield of Hasselback's white Subaru was shattered and that Foltz was in critical condition.

Foltz, 25, was scheduled to graduate from Temple Law in May. He's the son of Pepper Hamilton partner Richard Foltz, Jr., a member of the firm's construction practice group. The elder Foltz expressed a mixture of sadness and relief when Hasselback turned himself in to authorities on Wednesday.

"We feel like our family is shattered, but we know another family has been shattered as well," he told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "We're going to try to pray for that family as well. This could be a bad kid, this could be a good kid who made a bad decision and panicked. It's not for us to judge."

According to local news reports, Hasselback has retained Andrew Gay, a name partner at Philadelphia's Gay Chacker & Mittin. He has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving injury, aggravated assault, and other related offenses. Like Foltz, Hasselback was also scheduled to graduate from Temple next month.

Earlier this year another Temple Law student, Gerald Ung, was caught on tape shooting another man five times outside an Old City bar. Ung, a fourth-year student taking night classes, claims that he shot in self-defense against an alleged assailant.

The incident critically injured Eddie DiDonato, a former lacrosse captain at Villanova, who police say was arguing with Ung. DiDonato is the son of Fox Rothschild bankruptcy partner Edward DiDonato.

While the younger DiDonato continues to recover after the shooting, Ung has set up a legal defense fund to fight the attempted murder and aggravated assault charges against him. A judge ordered Ung to stand trial today, the Daily News reports, but dismissed two gun charges against him.

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