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17-year-old boy found delinquent in fatal Pa. crash

October 08, 2008

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A 17-year-old boy charged in the 2007 death of a Waynesboro, Pa., man has been found delinquent on a homicide by vehicle charge.

The boy also was found delinquent by Judge Carol Van Horn on a charge of driving at unsafe speeds in the Sept. 28, 2007, crash in which Donald Bernhisel Jr., 37, of 43 N. Phillips Ave., was killed, according to court records.

The case was tried last month and Van Horn issued her decision last Friday, Assistant District Attorney Bret Beynon said.

Van Horn placed the boy on 12 months' judicial probation with six months of intensive supervision, according to court records. He must also perform 50 hours of community service, had his driver's license suspended and must pay fines, costs and restitution.

Bernhisel was driving near the intersection of Marsh and Salem Church roads at about 10:40 p.m. when a 1998 Ford Explorer crossed the center line and collided with his GMC Sierra pickup truck, Washington Township police said. Bernhisel was trapped in the wreckage of the truck, which burst into flames, police said.

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Bernhisel burned to death, according to an autopsy report.

The driver of the Explorer, whom police did not identify because he is a minor, and a passenger were treated for minor injuries at Waynesboro Hospital, police said.

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