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Man sentenced in traffic death

August 30, 2000

Man sentenced in traffic death



By DON AINES / Staff Writer, Chambersburg


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Fayetteville, Pa., man who was driving the car that struck and killed a 12-year-old girl last year as she walked to her school bus stop was sentenced Wednesday to at least three years in prison.

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Franklin County (Pa.) Court of Common Pleas Judge Richard J. Walsh sentenced Jeffrey Naugle, 40, formerly of 3326 Strang Road, to from 18 months to seven years in state prison on the charge of causing an accident involving death or injury. The charge, a third-degree felony, has a mandatory minimum penalty of one year in prison.

Naugle was sentenced to an additional 18 months to five years for homicide by vehicle, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Naugle on June 23 pleaded no contest to the charges. In exchange for his plea, a charge of involuntary manslaughter was dropped, according to the Franklin County District Attorney's Office. An unrelated charge of possession of drug paraphernalia also was dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

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Cynthia Nicole Reed, 12, of 11500 South Mountain Road, South Mountain, Pa., was struck by a car and killed Oct. 29, 1999, as she walked to a school bus stop near her home, according to Pennsylvania State Police records.

Witnesses told police they saw a large brown vehicle and heard it hit something, but Reed's body was not immediately discovered.

When Naugle was interviewed later the same day, he told police he was driving on South Mountain Road and "heard a thump," but saw nothing in his rearview mirror, according to the affidavit of probable cause. The affidavit said his car had damage to the front end on the passenger's side.

"He continued to maintain that he did not know he had hit her," Assistant District Attorney Angela Krom said after the sentencing, which lasted almost two hours.

"The judge had received about 11 letters from various people who knew and loved Cynthia," she said. The girl's mother, grandmother, two great-aunts and a family friend testified at the sentencing, according to Krom.

Several of those attending the hearing wore T-shirts bearing Cynthia Reed's picture, Krom said.

Naugle was arrested two days after the accident and has been in Franklin County Prison since then, court records said. He was given credit for time served since Oct. 31.

Walsh ordered Naugle to pay $3,500 in fines.

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