Prison for Stewartstown-area DUI driver who struck bicyclist, fled scene

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A Stewartstown-area man must serve time for hitting a bicyclist with his truck in 2017 while driving drunk.

Daniel Paul Loder was going more than 70 mph when he struck the bicyclist, who suffered life-threatening injuries, according to state police.

Not long after the March 10, 2017, incident, Loder told police he didn't want to check his mirrors because he didn't want to know what happened after he hit the bicyclist, court documents state.

Loder, 25, of the 7400 block of Hickory Road in East Hopewell Township, must report to York County Prison on Nov. 29, according to court records.

He pleaded guilty Oct. 30 in York County Court to the third-degree felony of aggravated assault by vehicle and also pleaded guilty to DUI, court records state.

Loder was sentenced to nine to 23 months in York County Prison plus three years' probation, records state.

8 p.m. curfew: He was given a number of court-ordered requirements, including obeying an 8 p.m. curfew and undergoing six months of alcohol monitoring once released from prison, and writing the victim a letter of apology, according to court records.

Loder also was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and complete any recommended treatment; attend three 12-step meetings and submit to random drug testing once released; and complete a court-ordered class.

The victim was found lying on the road about 7 p.m. by officers dispatched to Lowe Road near the intersection of Barrens Road in North Hopewell Township, police said.

He was airlifted to York Hospital, where it was determined he had suffered a traumatic brain injury and multiple broken ribs, according to court documents.

The victim was thrown about 220 feet from the impact, according to police. His name was not released.

Loder waited until about 10:30 p.m. the night after the crash to contact state police, and he initially told them he thought he struck a deer, according to court documents.

Confession: Loder eventually confessed, saying he was headed home from visiting an acquaintance and had consumed three beers and four shots, court documents state.

Loder said he was westbound on Lowe Road when he dropped his phone and bent over to pick it up, at which point he struck the bicyclist, he said, according to documents.

He told troopers he panicked after feeling the "bump" of striking the victim, documents state.

"Loder related from what he saw when making impact with the bicyclist, that it was already too late and he did not even want to check his mirrors," court documents state.

Police said Loder tried to avoid the bicyclist, who was in the middle of the road, and that the bicyclist tried to move out of the way to avoid the crash.

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