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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Murder Charge Upheld in Pennsylvania Inhalant Related Crash

 Via the Centre Daily Times in PA: 

 A judge ruled that the charge of murder will be upheld in the case of the 22 year old woman who used inhalants behind the wheel, resulting in a fatal car crash. 

In 2012 the woman went shopping at Wal-Mart, purchased two cans of computer dusting spray, and huffed them with her boyfriend. Minutes later she drove away and then again huffed from the product while at a red light. Shortly after her car crossed the center line and crashed into a car, killing the male driver.

The judge ruled that the woman’s behavior after the accident showed “abject failure” of responsibility saying that while the man was dying on the side of the road, the defendant never tried to help him. Instead, she called her mother to come pick up electronics from her car. 

Charges against the woman include: felony counts of murder in the third degree, aggravated assault, homicide while DUI, aggravated assault while DUI and homicide by vehicle; misdemeanor counts of DUI, involuntary manslaughter, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and illegal use of solvents; and six summary traffic offenses..

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