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Charges to be filed in fatal 2013 DUI crash

| Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, 11:39 a.m.
Rikki Fleming
Eric Felack, Valley News Dispatch
PennDOT and state police shut down northbound Route 28 between the Route 8 interchange at Etna and the Highland Park Bridge for about an hour on Feb. 25, 2013 to allowed investigators to complete a reconstruction of the Feb. 16 crash that killed Rikki A. Fleming, 18, of Etna.

A Cheswick man is scheduled to surrender to authorities on Tuesday to face charges for a February 2013 crash that killed an Etna woman on Route 28, state police said.

Schillinger is accused driving his vehicle into the rear of a car driven by Rikki Fleming, 18, on Feb. 16, 2013.

According to state police, Jared P. Schillinger, 29, will be charged with homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter, drunken driving and related charges.

A state police supervisor said Schillinger and his attorney have made arrangements for him to surrender to police at the office of Sharpsburg District Judge Elissa M. Lang.

“If he doesn't show up, we will find him and arrest him,” the supervisor said.

Fleming's car was pushed up an embankment where it overturned in the median. She died at the scene.

Neither Schillinger nor his two passengers were injured, state police said.

In addition to homicide by vehicle, Schillinger is charged with two additional counts of drunken driving, speeding, careless and reckless driving.

Fleming was a 2012 graduate of Shaler Area High School.

She worked as an evening nursing assistant at Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities in Millvale.

Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala, Jr.'s spokesman Mike Manko said a “thorough and complete” investigation was done, and that took time. He referred all other comments to state police.

Fleming's estate has filed papers stating its intent to sue Schillinger in civil court.

State police also are investigating a second fatal crash on Route 28 that happened the weekend after Fleming died.

State police said Matthew E. Eiseman, 31, of Indiana Township was killed when his car was struck by a vehicle driven by James Hanion, 63, no address given.

Police said Hanion was driving south in the northbound lanes of Route 28, a quarter-mile north of the Delafield Road exit, when his vehicle hit Eiseman's.

Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4711 or cbiedka@tribweb.com.

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