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Mt. Pleasant man charged with homicide by vehicle

| Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, 5:46 p.m.

A 24-year-old Mt. Pleasant man has been charged with homicide by vehicle in the death of a passenger in his car in March.

Scott M. Leighliter of 204 S. Silver St. was charged with homicide by vehicle while under the influence; aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence; homicide by vehicle; two counts of DUI; recklessly endangering another person; reckless driving; exceed maximum speed by 20 mph; and other traffic-related charges at the office of District Judge Roger Eckels.

The charges stem from an accident that occurred at 5:12 p.m. March 9 on School Street near Rumbaugh Elementary School in Mt. Pleasant Township.

Corey Moximchalk of Mt. Pleasant was prounced dead at the scene.

Moximchalk was ejected from the vehicle, which had struck two utility poles, rolled over and struck a tree.

Leighliter and another passenger in the vehicle, Patrick Marshala, suffered injuries.

Police said Leighliter, Moximchalk and Marshala had left a gun bash at Bridgeport Club and were en route to the Slovak Club when the accident occurred.

When interviewed by police after the accident, Leighliter couldn't recall the collision. According to police, he said he remembered only coming up on the curve along School Road near Rumbaugh Elementary School, but did remember being ejected from the vehicle.

Leighliter was lying on the roadway unconscious but came to and ran to his vehicle where Marshala was inside, climbing out. He said Moximchalk could not be found inside the car.

Police said Leighliter told them he had five or six beers before the accident.

Marshala told police that the vehicle went airborne but he couldn't remember anything prior to crawling out of the crashed car. Marshala suffered a brain concussion, a fractured right tibia, a right-knee laceration and a left-ankle laceration.

Both Leighliter and Marshala were flown to Pittsburgh hospitals for treatment.

Lab reports showed that Leighliter's blood-alcohol content was between .095 to .107 percent.

Reconstruction of the collision scene concluded that both excessive speed and intoxication were causes in the collision, said police.

A preliminary hearing for Leighliter has been scheduled before Eckels at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 19.

Leighliter is free on $50,000 bond.

Mark Hofmann is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-626-3539 or mhofmann@tribweb.com.

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