Pa. man charged in fatal accident surrenders to police

March 11, 2012
  • Leon Chalmers Deardorff Jr.
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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — A man accused of hitting a motorcyclist on U.S. 11 and fleeing the scene last week has surrendered to police.

Leon Chalmers Deardorff Jr., 29, of Mercersburg, Pa., is charged with homicide by vehicle, accident involving death or personal injury, and with accident involving death or personal injury while not properly licensed.

Deardorff “voluntarily surrendered himself to troopers” in Carlisle, Pa., at 9 p.m. Saturday, Pennsylvania State Police said in a news release.

Police allege Deardorff was driving a 2002 Isuzu box truck that hit a motorcycle while crossing the intersection of U.S. 11 and Social Island Road at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Keith Lee Monninger, 37, of 1286 Preston Lane, Greencastle, Pa., died in that crash.

Police initially released a description of the white truck and asked the public for assistance in finding it. Trooper Michele Davis said during a news conference Friday that an anonymous source provided information that Deardorff was the driver.

That truck, which had damage to its right rear section, was found Thursday evening on Cameron Street in Harrisburg, Pa.

Deardorff was not licensed to drive because of a suspension related to a drunken-driving charge, Davis said Friday.

According to online court records, Deardorff was being held in the Franklin County (Pa.) Jail. Bail was denied.

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