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Man charged for accident that killed his girlfriend

A 31-year-old man has been charged with the unintentional death of his girlfriend. According to reports, the accident happened in Wells Township, Pennsylvania, in April of last year. Though the car crash happened nearly a year ago, the driver was not arrested or charged until recently. The man has two addresses: one in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and another in Columbia Cross Roads, Pennsylvania.

Police arrested the man earlier this month. When he failed to post $100,000 bail, he was incarcerated at Bradford County Correctional Facility. He will remain there at least until a preliminary hearing later this month. He has been accused of two crimes: homicide by vehicle and homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence.

Details from the accident were revealed in an affidavit that contained statements from a Pennsylvania State Trooper. According to his report, the passenger in the vehicle of the 31-year-old man was the man's 25-year-old girlfriend at the time. After the crash occurred, she was transported to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The police report on the accident indicated that the 31-year-old was behind the wheel of his Ford F350 when it was traveling southbound on State Route 4031. At some point, the truck crossed into the northbound lanes and the driver overcorrected, sending the truck off the road. When it left the road, the vehicle struck a tree and came to rest with its rear tires in the southbound lanes. Its front tires were still off the road.

According to the 31-year-old, he was not drinking at the time of the crash but said that he smoked marijuana two or three days before the crash. When his blood was tested, a cannabinoid substance was detected. The man was also charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, careless driving and a lane violation. The family of the woman may be able to file a suit against the driver for their loss.

Source: Daily Review, "Driver in Wells Twp. crash charged with homicide by vehicle," Eric Hrin, March 12, 2013

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