Police: Dover Twp. woman killed husband in DUI crash

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  • Police say Lisa Sheaffer, 50, was drunk when she crashed her car, which killed her husband.
  • Sheaffer, 50, is charged with homicide by vehicle while DUI.
  • She remains free on $50,000 unsecured bail.

A Dover Township woman was allegedly drunk earlier this year when she crashed her car, killing her husband.

Northern York County Regional Police say Lisa Ann Sheaffer, 50, had about five to six Miller Lite's before driving her husband home from a party April 29. 

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She crashed her black 2000 Saturn LS in the area of Harmony Grove Road and Sky Top Trail, which caused the death of her 54-year-old husband, Lorne Dean Sheaffer, according to court documents.

Lisa Sheaffer, of the first block of Willow Tree Lane, is charged with homicide by vehicle while DUI, DUI, careless driving causing an unintentional death and careless driving.

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Crash: Police were sent to the crash about 9 p.m. April 29 and found a sedan 100 feet off the road in a tree line at the bottom of an embankment.

A man had pulled Lisa Sheaffer out of her car, and her husband was later extricated from the car by the fire department, according to police.

Lorne Sheaffer was pronounced dead at the scene.

An autopsy confirmed Lorne Sheaffer's cause of death was multiple blunt-force trauma caused by the crash, according to the York County Coroner's Office.

Police said Lisa Sheaffer was driving 56 mph in a 40 mph zone, while drunk, when she struck a utility pole. 

Results from her blood test showed her blood alcohol level was 0.121 percent, court documents state. Her blood was drawn shortly after the crash, according to police.

In Pennsylvania, an adult is driving drunk at 0.08 percent.

Drinking: Police spoke with Lisa Sheaffer, and she said she and her husband were at a party before the crash, according to officials.

She said she drank five to six Miller Lite's at the party at a home in Harmony Grove Lane before the crash, documents state. Lisa Sheaffer told police her husband wasn't feeling well and was sleeping in the car during the party, according to police.

Lisa Sheaffer told police her husband had a heart condition, and she was going to call his doctors at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center to see where he should be taken for treatment, which is why she didn't call for an ambulance at the party, documents state.

Police say she was driving home when the crash happened.

Officials spoke to the hosts of the party, who confirmed that her husband was sleeping in the car during the party. They said that Lisa Sheaffer was angry with the hosts because she claimed they knew someone she didn't, police said.

"They told me that when Lisa left she tore out of the driveway and left at a high rate of speed," Cpl. John Morley wrote in charging documents.

Charges were filed Oct. 5, and Sheaffer was arraigned on them Friday, Oct. 13. She remains free on $50,000 unsecured bail, meaning if she does not show up for court proceedings she could forfeit up to that amount.

Sheaffer does not yet have an attorney listed, and a phone number could not be found for her. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Nov. 3 at District Judge David Esbach's office.

 — Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.