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Fatal crash suspect from Washington Township accused of DUI again

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Chad Fravel, 26, of Washington Township.
By Valley News Dispatch
Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, 1:01 a.m.

A Washington Township man awaiting trial on charges of vehicular homicide for an incident in 2012, in which police say he was driving drunk, was arrested again for alleged drunken driving.

Chad Fravel, 26, of Route 356 was charged with DUI on Thursday after Vandergrift police said they observed him failing to stop at a stop sign. When he was pulled over, police said they smelled alcohol. According to police, a blood test revealed Fravel's blood-alcohol content was 0.123, well above the legal limit of 0.08.

Fravel was on bond, awaiting a trial scheduled for February on charges he was drunk when the truck he was driving was involved in a crash with another truck in Oklahoma Borough in April 2012.

Robert Lytle, 51, of Avonmore died in the accident. A passenger in his truck, Paul Lytle, 35, of Pittsburgh, was injured. Fravel was seriously injured in the crash.

According to police, Fravel left a bar on Thursday and drove through a stop sign just before police pulled him over.

For the 2012 incident, Fravel is charged with homicide by vehicle while DUI and aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI.

WPXI-TV contributed to this report.

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