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Driver pleads not guilty in fatal Pa. crash

November 02, 2011

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — A Chambersburg man charged in a January traffic death pleaded not guilty during a mandatory arraignment Wednesday in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas.

Jeffrey David Davies, 21, pleaded not guilty to charges of homicide by vehicle and aggravated assault, according to defense attorney Stephen R. Maitland.

No trial date has been set.

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

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.

Police said the vehicle went off the right side of the road and struck a steel pole head-on.

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 the Chambersburg Hospital about a half-hour after the crash occurred, he said.

Davies was treated at the 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 posted $10,000 unsecured bail, according to court officials.

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