Ford City man charged with vehicular homicide
A Ford City man was arrested and charged on Monday with vehicular homicide and drunken driving for a November fatal crash in which state police said his pickup crossed the center line and collided head-on with another pickup on Route 422 near Cornish Road.
Jonathon Brandon Miller, 23, was charged at arraignment in front of District Judge Gary DeComo with two counts each of aggravated assault by motor vehicle while driving under the influence and aggravated assault by vehicle, plus several misdemeanor and summary charges.
Killed in the early morning crash was Terry McClafferty, 37, of Ford City. McClafferty was dead and pinned in the front seat of his burning car when emergency crews arrived, a state police report said.
“He was a victim and this kid is now going to have to pay the piper for it,” Trooper Fred Krute said. “Because of the seriousness of the charges, I'm glad we picked him up, because we feared he would not turn himself in.”
Miller had a blood alcohol content of .198 percent when tested shortly after the accident, the police report said. A level exceeding .08 percent is considered drunken driving in Pennsylvania.
Miller is in the Armstrong County Jail with bond set at $75,000 awaiting a March 5 preliminary hearing in District Judge Samuel Goldstrohm's Rural Valley court.
Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303, ext. 1337, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- RX Fit brings cross-training to Ford City
- Ford City explores beefing up code enforcement
- New Dayton food pantry sees more people each week
- Apollo couple giving back with fundraiser for Armstrong cancer center
- Online student monitoring made easier in Armstrong
- Manor appliance store owners retire after 45 years in family’s business
- Annual Light Up Night gets green light in Ford City
- ‘Victory’ for ARDC; Armstrong locks to open in 2015
- Support group in Ford City offers help to depressed
- Erie woman charged second time in a week in Armstrong
- College courses offered to Armstrong high school students at bargain prices