A Hanover-area man is awaiting trial for a May 2011 crash in Manheim Township that killed his passenger.

Justin Klingensmith, 19, of 318 Blooming Grove Road in Penn Township, is charged with homicide by vehicle, careless driving causing an unintentional death, reckless driving, failing to stay in his own lane and failing to wear a seat belt.

Southwestern Regional Police filed the charges in April.

He remains locked up on several burglary cases from Adams County, according to court records.

Klingensmith is accused of causing a May 10, 2011, crash that killed passenger Melissa M. Allison, 24, of Hanover, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Neither of them was wearing a seat belt.

Klingensmith was treated for injuries and released from York Hospital, police said at the time.

The background: The crash happened in the 5700 block of Blooming Grove Road, near the Skyview Drive intersection and in front of Manheim Elementary School, Southwestern Regional Police said.

Klingensmith was driving his 1997 Ford F-150 pickup truck westbound when it veered into the opposing lane of traffic and went off the road, crashing head-on into a large tree without braking, according to police.

Charging documents allege Klingensmith told officers he was driving around with Allison, who was the girlfriend of his cousin.

He said they'd been out all night and he thought he fell asleep behind the wheel, documents state.


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"According to Klingensmith's times, (he) had been awake for approx. 18 hours at the time of the accident," charging documents state.

His defense attorney, Frank Arcuri, declined immediate comment.

Klingensmith was in York County Court on Wednesday for a status hearing, at which point presiding Common Pleas Judge Michael E. Bortner set a pretrial conference date for Nov. 26.

-- Staff writer Liz Evans Scolforo can also be reached at levans@yorkdispatch.com.