A Weatherly, Pennsylvania, man has pled guilty to homicide by vehicle in a fatal crash that took place four years ago. By Pennsylvania law, the charge is a felony in the third degree. He may be sentenced to prison for a period ranging from three months, up to 7 years.
The Defendant is a 24-year-old man. On March 7, 2016, he was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Impala on Route 93 at a speed of approximately 91 mph. The posted speed limit was 50 mph. He crossed the double yellow lines on the section of road where Brenkman Drive intersects, and struck a 2009 GMC Canyon in a head-on collision. The driver of that vehicle, a 55-year-old woman who lived near the accident scene, was transported to Lehigh Valley Hazleton Hospital where she died two hours later. Her cause of death was multiple traumatic injuries.
The state of Pennsylvania defines homicide by vehicles as “any person who recklessly or with gross negligence causes the death of another person while engaged in the violation of any law of this Commonwealth or municipal ordinance applying to the operation or use of a vehicle…” The charge may also carry additional prison time if the accident is found to have taken place in an active work area, been caused by texting, or involved driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances.
Any person who has lost a loved one in an accident of this sort is entitled to significant compensation. Consulting with an experienced attorney as soon as possible can ensure no critical deadlines are surpassed without due retribution.