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Pa. man pleads innocent in hit-and-run death

March 25, 2000

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Fayetteville, Pa., man pleaded innocent in Franklin County Court on Wednesday to a hit-and-run accident that left a 12-year-old Chambersburg girl dead.

Jeffrey Lynn Naugle, 37, of 3326 Strang Road, is charged in the Oct. 29, 1999, death of Cynthia Nicole Reed, who was struck and killed by a car as she walked to a school bus stop. He is charged with causing an accident involving death or injury, a third-degree felony, and first-degree misdemeanor counts of homicide by vehicle and involuntary manslaughter.

The felony charge carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine upon conviction. Assistant District Attorney Angela Krom said last month that a conviction on that charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of a year in prison.

Naugle's case was set for the May trial term.

Pennsylvania State Police said Reed was struck shortly before 7 a.m. and witnesses saw a dark-colored car leaving the scene. Naugle was interviewed later that day. Police alleged in the affidavit of probable cause that they observed front end damage and a cracked windshield on his car.

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Naugle told police he "heard a thump" while driving to work that morning, but saw nothing in his rear-view mirror and kept driving, the affidavit states.

Police also allege in the affidavit that he told them the windshield was damaged in an earlier accident he had not reported.

Naugle was being held in Franklin County Prison on Thursday on $50,000 bond.

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