Masontown man to do time in DUI crash that killed sister
A Fayette County man charged with homicide by vehicle in the death of his sister will serve up to two years in prison under a plea bargain.
State police filed the charge against James Allen Farrier, 53, of 117 Shortcut Road, Masontown, in the Jan. 13, 2012 death of his sister, Crystal D. Farrier.
She was a rear-seat passenger in a car driven by her brother on Nov. 2, 2011 when it traveled off New Salem Road and hit a mailbox, police said. The eastbound car then re-entered the road, crossed the center line and hit a westbound vehicle. Crystal Farrier, 28, sustained a severe brain injury that left her in a coma, according to police.
She died of complications from the crash, according to the Fayette County Coroner's Office.
James Farrier on Thursday entered guilty pleas to homicide by vehicle, driving under the influence and other charges in exchange for a sentencing recommendation of one to two years in state prison.
The sentence will be followed by a consecutive term of probation, according to Judge Steve Leskinen.
Farrier told Leskinen he blacked out just prior to the crash.
“I don't remember nothing until the wreck was over,” said Farrier. “I don't know what caused my blackout.”
When Leskinen asked Farrier if the presence of marijuana and narcotics in his system might have contributed to the blackout, Farrier said he had not smoked marijuana for two weeks prior to the accident. The narcotics, he said, were prescribed by a physician.
“I could have had a seizure,” Farrier said. “I really don't know.”
Farrier said he had suffered blackouts before the accident, but he did not seek medical care because “it would only hit me once every three months.”
Farrier is to be sentenced 10:30 a.m. Jan. 28 before Leskinen.
Liz Zemba is a reporter for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-601-2166 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.
- Longtime Connellsville area business closes its doors
- Fayette jail foes want county to be stricken as intervenor in case
- Fayette Friends of Animals volunteer uses talent to help get her shelter animals adopted
- Connellsville Health Board airs ordinance issues
- Old water treatment plant in Dunbar Township destroyed by fire
- Man held for trial in dragging of Redstone cop
- Contest seeks Fayette student entries to name road to jail
- Breakneck Church to hold flea market, bake sale
- Sirochman: Fayette genealogy workshop planned for Wednesday
- Pennsylvania State VFW Post 8543 Band continues to grow
- Connellsville theater group ready to ‘Make a Deal’