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Ford City man charged with vehicular homicide

Armstrong County Jail photo
Jonathon Miller
Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, 4:30 p.m.
 

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 bpedersen@tribweb.com.

 

 

 
 


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