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Brain hemorrhage blamed in Penn Township man's death in Jamaica

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By Richard Gazarik
Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 11:31 p.m.

A man awaiting trial on vehicular homicide charges in Westmoreland County died last weekend in Jamaica from a brain hemorrhage caused by high blood pressure and substance abuse, according to autopsy results released on Tuesday.

A Jamaican police spokesman said officials have ordered toxicology tests to learn more about the death of David McCormick, 43, of Penn Township, who was found floating in the water near the resort where he was vacationing in Negril.

McCormick was scheduled to stand trial in August on charges of homicide by vehicle and driving under the influence after he rammed the rear of a car driven by Francis Cossick, 66, of Camp Hill, Cumberland County, in December on Route 22 in Murrysville. Cossick died in the accident.

McCormick could have served three to six years in prison if convicted of the charges.

Murrysville police determined McCormick was traveling 107 mph in a 45-mph zone when he hit Cossick's vehicle.

He had been free on $25,000 bond.

Attorney Barney McArdle of Greensburg, a family spokesman, said the McCormick family received the same report from Jamaican police on Tuesday.

McCormick was vacationing in Jamaica at a resort on the western end of the island that overlooks the Caribbean Sea.

He was the son of Greensburg attorney Tim McCormick, who died in 2012, and a nephew of Westmoreland County President Judge Richard McCormick Jr.

Richard Gazarik is a staff writerfor Trib Total Media.

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