Race-car drivers are typically noted for maintaining impeccable control of their vehicles, even when they travel at high rates of speed. However, speeds that are acceptable on a race track are not advised on Pennsylvania streets, roads and highways. When alcohol is combined with speeding, accidents are more prone to occur. A Manheim Township race-car driver faces charges of homicide by vehicle and drunk driving, among others, following a crash that claimed the life of his girlfriend late in Oct. 2017.

According to police reports, a 50-year-old was driving his pickup truck one evening when it drifted off the side of the road. The man evidently lost control of the vehicle after he over-corrected. The truck struck a tree, then landed on its roof in the middle of the road after rolling from the impact. It was estimated that the driver was traveling at 76 miles per hour at the time of the crash. Neither the driver or his passenger was wearing a seatbelt, per reports.

The driver was transported with serious injuries to a local hospital via helicopter. The passenger was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Officers claim that they discovered beer cans in the pickup truck and in the debris near the crash. Records show that the driver’s blood alcohol level was 0.243 percent, over three times the legal limit of 0.08 for the state.

In addition to the homicide by vehicle and drunk driving charges, the man has also been charged with reckless endangerment and tailgating. Other charges include driving at an unsafe speed, reckless driving and careless driving causing unintentional death. Anyone facing similar charges should seek the guidance of a Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. A strong defense team will work diligently on a client’s behalf throughout the legal process.

Source: yorkdispatch.com, “Glenville sprint-car driver charged in fatal Codorus Twp. crash“, Liz Evans Scolforo, April 16, 2018