A Harrisburg man who killed a motorcyclist while driving drunk in Manchester Township nearly a year ago is being sent to state prison.
Benjamin D. Campbell, 33, of Scenery Place, pleaded guilty Wednesday to homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence and DUI.
As part of a negotiated plea agreement, he was sentenced to three to six years in state prison, court records state.
According to court documents, Campbell was driving westbound on Route 30 about 6:20 p.m. May 20 when he ran a red light at Toronita Street.
His Volkswagen Jetta crashed into a motorcycle operated by Jeffrey "Scotty" Smith Sr., 45, of Canterbury Lane in Springettsbury Township, according to Northern York County Regional Police.
Brain injury: Smith suffered numerous injuries, including traumatic brain injury, documents state. He died about three months later, on Aug. 15, due to complications from head trauma, according to documents.
At the scene of the crash, Campbell told officers it was Smith who ran the red light, but police said an investigation determined the victim had the green light.
Campbell told officers he was on his way home from visiting a friend in Thomasville, and said he'd had four or five beers at the friend's home, documents state.
He failed field-sobriety tests at the scene, and his blood-alcohol level was later determined to be 0.169 percent, police said. In Pennsylvania, an adult is driving drunk at 0.08 percent.
Senior deputy prosecutor Jared Mellott and defense attorney Paul Kovatch did not return phone messages seeking comment.
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