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Police suspect driver high on PCP in crash that killed firefighter

Jason Addy
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An 18-year-old from Harrisburg is facing charges for causing the crash that killed Lt. Dennis DeVoe of the Harrisburg Bureau of Fire.

Khanyae Kendall

Khanyae S. Kendall, of the 1900 block of Bellevue Road, faces more than a dozen charges, including six felonies and one count each of homicide by vehicle and homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, according to charging documents.

Kendall also is charged with felony aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence, causing an accident involving death or personal injury and receiving stolen property, according to court records.

According to Harrisburg police, Kendall fatally injured DeVoe when she sped through a stop sign at the intersection of North 14th and Walnut streets in Harrisburg about 8:15 p.m. March 10.

DeVoe, a resident of Stewartstown, was reporting back to his station in order to respond to a fatal house fire when his vehicle was struck at the intersection. He had been returning to the station from the funeral of a retired Harrisburg firefighter when his car was hit.

Two young children died as a result of the injuries they suffered in the fire that Harrisburg fire officials believe started when a type of rechargeable battery-operated scooter called a hoverboard exploded while it was being charged.

DeVoe was laid to rest Saturday in Fawn Grove.

Suspected DUI: Kendall, who does not have a license, was driving a stolen 2013 Hyundai Elantra when she sped through the intersection and hit DeVoe, documents state.

Police located Kendall at Harrisburg Hospital after she fled the scene, documents state.

Kendall “displayed multiple indicators of impairment” on the night of the crash, and she failed several field sobriety tests conducted at the hospital, according to court documents.

Charging documents show she was placed under arrest March 10 for aggravated assault by vehicle and suspected DUI, with the arresting officer stating “this combination of indicators is consistent with persons under the influence of a dissociative anesthetic, most common being PCP/Phencyclidine.”

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Additional charges were filed against Kendall after DeVoe succumbed to his injuries the night after the crash.

Kendall remains in Dauphin County Prison, unable to post her $1 million bail.

Kendall’s initial bail was set at $200,000, but that was increased Monday after prosecutors added homicide charges, according to court records.