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DUI operator guilty of vehicular homicide 

In April 2013, a man from Shrewsbury Township who fatally hit 45-years-old Rodney Miller who is Loganville Fire Chief at the I-83 exit at Glen Rock was acquitted of a third-degree murder.

This week, jurors pronounced suspect Matthew Scott Diehl guilty of the following charges: (1) murder by vehicle while DUI; (2) homicide by vehicle; (3) hit-and-run; and (3) other various counts of DUI. It took the jurors only less than four hours to reach the verdict.

The result was that Matthew Scott Diehl, age 33, resident of Valley Road, was convicted of 3rd degree murder and he would be incarcerated from 20 to 40 years in state penitentiary. Murder by vehicle while driving under the influence carries a mandatory state prison sentence of three to six years.

Defense attorney said that there is no plan for appeal as Diehl and family are OK with that verdict and he will accept his punishment.

Flashback Miller was dispatched by 911 York County to clear Interstate 83 going  south at Exit 8 at Glen Rock on April 27, 2013, to allow medical helicopter to land on highway for a victim injured in an earlier crash to be airlifted.

Miller was able to completely block the left lane and partially blocking the right lane positioned using his oversize Ford F-250 pickup truck across Interstate 83 at the Glen Rock exit.

Matthew Hopkins, an eyewitness, testified that Miller had the oscillating red lights on top of the truck was blinking as it was going south in the left lane and was slowing down. Then he saw the SUV of Diehl moving to the right side of the truck and struck at around 12:42 o’clock that morning.

Diehl told police he thought he struck a deer so he kept on going. He proceeded about two miles before he stopped in the traffic from the earlier crash. A firefighter from Glen Rock saw the damage to Diehl’s SUV and reported to the police.

Troopers apprehended Diehl and gave him field-sobriety tests; the test later determined that his BAC was 0.118 percent, compared to the state’s 0.08 legal limit.

Defense lawyer argued that his client is not responsible for the death of Chief Miller for he was not wearing reflective clothing, not set-up flares on the road, not block the roadway using real fire apparatus and not watching oncoming traffic before walking across the right lane. She said that Diehl did not stop because he thought he struck a deer and not realize that his SUV was badly damaged.

But legal counsel for Miller said that a reasonable person upon seeing red flashing lights would slow down to know but Diehl did drive slowly despite seeing Miller’s truck and emergency lights 3,000 feet prior to the collision. And while he was driving intoxicated, he opted not to slow down at all for the roadblock of Miller.

Diehl was aware that he hit a person but thought he escape from the scene and get away with it and decided to leave the fire chief dying at the scene. Lawyer of Miller said that even if you hit a deer, with that significant damage on your vehicle, you would stop and check.

If you or your loved one has been harmed or fatally injured in a vehicular accident caused by the negligence of a distracted driver, contact a car accident attorney now for free consultation. You may be entitled to financial compensation for economic damages, as well as pain and suffering.

Source: York Dispatch Com

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