Teen accused in York homicide is charged in deadly hit-and-run in Lancaster

Harper Ho
York Dispatch
Phillip Cornelius Sullivan

An 18-year-old, who's already facing charges in the York City shooting death of Whispering Wind Bear Spirit, was charged Tuesday in a DUI hit-and-run crash that killed an Amish buggy driver in Lancaster County.  

Phillip Cornelius Sullivan II, of Lititz, Lancaster County, is charged with felonies of homicide by vehicle while DUI, homicide by vehicle and accident involving death. He also faces a misdemeanor DUI charge and three traffic infractions.

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Sullivan surrendered Wednesday and was arraigned before District Judge Jonathan W. Heisse, according to an East Earl Township Police news release. He's in Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $250,000 bail, according to court records.

According to the criminal complaint, Sullivan was driving while intoxicated and traveling too fast for the 45 mph speed limit when his 2009 Lexus ES 350 struck Andrew J. Stoltzfus, who was operating a horse cart.

East Earl Township and New Holland police responded about 2:45 a.m. July 5 in the 5700 block of Division Highway for a hit-and-run crash involving a horse and cart, according to police. 

Stoltzfus, 18, of the 900 block of Pleasant View Road in Honey Brook Township, Chester County, died from his injuries  two days after the crash at Lancaster General Hospital, according to his obituary. The horse was killed in the crash, police said. Stoltzfus  was a member of the Old Order Amish. 

Sullivan fled but was stopped by police in the 1200 block of Main Street after 911 got a report about 3:25 a.m. of a reckless driver, according to court documents. 

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The caller told police he was following the car, which matched the description of the hit-and-run vehicle and  had heavy front-end damage, police said. 

Sullivan, when stopped, allegedly told police "his vehicle was damaged in a 'hit-and-run' a couple of miles down the road," court documents state. Police said he was visibly intoxicated and "reeked of booze."

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Sullivan is also among six people charged in a May botched  robbery that ended in the shooting death of 41-year-old Whispering Wind Bear Spirit  — previously named Jennifer Jean Makos.

Spirit was fatally shot May 3 inside a York City home in the 300 block of Smyser Street, according to police. In that case, Sullivan will stand trial on felony charges of robbery, burglary and conspiracy to commit both offenses.

A pretrial conference is scheduled Aug. 9 before Judge Craig T. Trebilcock.