Dover Twp. man sentenced in fatal crash

Christina Kauffman
The York Dispatch

Editor's note: This article originally was published April 3, 2009.

A Dover Township man was sentenced Thursday to 10 to 23 months in York County Prison for his role in an accident that resulted in the death of a handicapped pedestrian in 2007.

Brian C. Widmayer, 22, pleaded no contest to homicide by vehicle, careless driving resulting in an unintentional death, and charges related to his driver's license being expired at the time of the crash. He reports to jail next month.

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Prosecutors alleged that Widmayer was text-messaging while driving just prior to the crash.

Judge Thomas Kelley also sentenced Widmayer to a year of probation, 200 hours of community service with focus on driving safety, and $525 in fines.

He must also turn in his driver's license for a minimum of three years, a mandatory suspension ordered by the state's Department of Transportation, said First Assistant District Attorney Tim Barker, the prosecutor on the case.

York City Police said Widmayer struck, dragged and killed 43-year-old David Peters as Peters was walking across Market Street near the intersection of State Street.

Peters, a Red Lion native, suffered from Huntington's disease and couldn't walk upright or without a cane. In the months before his death, he was staying with friends in the 600 block of East Market Street -- the street where he was killed.

Barker said cell phone records showed Widmayer received and replied to a text message from a co-worker at 11:09 p.m. May 7, 2007 -- the same minute he called 911 after hitting Peters with his Jeep Grand Cherokee.