An Erie man goes to state jail for a 2019 crash in Crawford County that claimed the lifetime of an aged Springboro man.
Charles S. Steigerwald has been sentenced to a complete of three to 10 years in jail by President Decide John Spataro in Crawford County Courtroom of Frequent Pleas on murder by automobile whereas driving below the affect and associated expenses.
Steigerwald was the motive force of a field truck that collided with a minivan on Route 18 in Spring Township round 8:45 a.m. Dec. 6, 2019. The collision killed the motive force of the minivan, David Davis, 80.
Steigerwald, 53, of 347 E. thirty fifth St., was discovered responsible in March throughout a bench trial earlier than Spataro of murder by automobile whereas driving below the affect, driving below the affect of a managed substance and three abstract site visitors counts. In a bench trial, a defendant chooses to have a decide hear the proof and resolve whether or not the defendant is responsible.
Steigerwald was sentenced Friday by Spataro to serve three to 10 years in jail on the murder by automobile whereas DUI. The DUI conviction merged with the murder by automobile whereas DUI for sentencing functions.
Spataro additionally ordered Steigerwald to pay a $1,000 superb and court docket prices plus pay $7,792.63 in restitution to the property of Davis for the murder by automobile whereas DUI conviction. He additionally was fined a complete of $75 for his conviction on the three abstract site visitors counts — failing to maintain proper, disregard site visitors lane and careless driving.
Pennsylvania State Police charged Steigerwald with driving below the affect of each amphetamine and methamphetamine when the deadly crash occurred.
A witness touring behind the minivan informed police that the field truck crossed the middle line of the street and crashed practically head-on into the minivan, in keeping with the arrest affidavit filed within the case. The witness informed police that the minivan driver had swerved to the east aspect of the street to attempt to keep away from the crash, the affidavit stated. The minivan was pushed again about 25 yards by the pressure of the impression.
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