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Man faces trial in deadly crash

on May 25, 2013 10:30 AM

YORK — A 32-year-old motorist will stand trial on charges that he killed a central Pennsylvania fire chief while driving drunk.

A York County judge ruled that there’s enough evidence to try Matthew Diehl. He is accused of fatally striking Loganville Fire Chief Rodney Miller while Miller directed traffic last month.

The York Dispatch reported a third-degree murder charge was added against Diehl at Friday’s hearing. He already faces counts including homicide by vehicle while DUI. Defense attorney Suzanne Smith said she doesn’t believe the case rises to the level of third-degree murder.

Police said Diehl’s blood-alcohol level was 0.118 percent at the time of the accident. The legal limit in Pennsylvania is .08.

A state trooper testified at the hearing that Diehl has two prior DUI convictions.

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