CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Greencastle, Pa., man faces a state prison sentence after pleading no contest Monday to homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence in the deaths of a father and son last year.
Thomas Arthur Potter, 59, of 2990 Buchanan Trail West, who was scheduled for a two-day jury trial Wednesday and Thursday, entered the plea before Franklin County President Judge John R. Walker.
Each count carries a mandatory minimum sentence of three years in state prison, according to Pennsylvania state law.
Mark Hykes, 34, of 11112 Welsh Run Road, Greencastle, and his 4-year-old son, Daniel, were killed April 18, 1998, in a three-vehicle accident at the intersection of Pa. 16 and Hill Road in Antrim Township, according to Pennsylvania State Police.
They were in a Ford Escort station wagon waiting to turn left onto Hill Road when a westbound van driven by Potter struck them from behind, according to police records. The impact spun the car around, forcing it into the eastbound lane, where it was struck by an eastbound Nissan Pathfinder, records state.