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Chambersburg man waives hearing in traffic death

Jeffrey David Davies faces felony charges in crash that killed Kristi L. Myers

September 20, 2011|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — A Chambersburg man waived his preliminary hearing Tuesday in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas on felony charges of homicide by vehicle and aggravated assault by vehicle in the January death of a Shippensburg, Pa., woman.

The charges against Jeffrey David Davies, 21, are third-degree felonies. He also is charged with reckless driving, careless driving and failure to obey a traffic-control device, according to online court records.

The single-vehicle crash claimed the life of Kristi L. Myers, 18, of Shippensburg,  Pennsylvania State Police said.

"There is enough evidence at this level for the charges to go forward, so having a hearing would have been fruitless for the defense," said Stephen R. Maitland, Davies' attorney. "So we said, 'Let's not bother with the hearing. Let's just go on to the next level.'"

An arraignment hearing is scheduled for Nov. 2 at 1 p.m., according to court officials.

Davies was eastbound on U.S. 30 near Sollenberger Road in Hamilton Township, Pa., on Jan. 4 at 9:10 p.m. when he lost control of his 2001 Ford Mustang, police said previously. The vehicle went off the right side of the road and struck a steel pole head-on, police said.

Myers was in the rear passenger seat of the vehicle and was not wearing a seat belt, Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner said at the time. She was pronounced dead at Chambersburg Hospital about a half-hour after the crash occurred, Conner said.

Davies was treated at Chambersburg Hospital for minor injuries, police said.

A second passenger, Kiersten E. Cole, 19, of Fayetteville, Pa., was flown to York (Pa.) Hospital with moderate injuries, police said.

Davies has posted $10,000 unsecured bail, according to court officials.

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