West Manchester Twp. man charged following death of road worker

Harper Ho
York Dispatch
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A West Manchester Township man has been charged in the death of a construction worker after police said he fell asleep while driving. 

Aaron Durand Miller, 39, of the 2600 block of Friends Circle, is charged with vehicular homicide, a felony, following the crash, according to charging documents. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of involuntary manslaughter and summary offenses of reckless driving, careless driving and careless driving resulting in an unintentional death.

Miller was arraigned Wednesday before District Judge Keith L. Albright and is free on $20,000 unsecured bail — which means he didn't have to post any cash to remain free but could forfeit that amount if he misses court proceedings.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled Feb. 12 before Albright.

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West Manchester Township Police filed charges Wednesday in the May 2020 crash that killed Joshua P. Bishop, 34.

Police said Miller struck Bishop with his 2015 Ford Edge about 9 a.m. May 14 in a work zone in the 400 block of Carlisle Avenue in West Manchester Township.

Miller told police "that he must have fallen asleep" since he had been awake for about 16 hours working a nightshift at an Air Force base in Willow Grove.

Bishop, of Marietta in Lancaster County, was doing traffic control at the work zone for Wright Construction when he was hit from behind, according to charging documents. 

Police said Miller "appeared to be very groggy" and asked what had happened after the crash. Charging documents said Miller cooperated with police in the investigation.

Police determined Milller wasn't using his cellphone at the time of the crash and that he was driving about 36 mph and drifting out of his lane, according to charging documents. Miller did not apply his brakes nor did he make any attempts to avoid the collision, police said.

Police said multiple airbags were deployed in his car and that Miller had been driving for about four hours.