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Hearing postponed for Pa. man charged in fatal accident

March 19, 2012

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — A preliminary hearing for a Mercersburg, Pa., man charged in a fatal accident will be rescheduled.

Leon Chalmers Deardorff Jr.’s preliminary hearing was initially scheduled for Tuesday.

A spokeswoman for Magisterial District Judge Kelly Rock’s office said Monday afternoon that the proceeding would be rescheduled, although a new date has not been set.

Deardorff, 29, is charged with homicide by vehicle, accident involving death or personal injury, and accident involving death or personal injury while not properly licensed.

Pennsylvania State 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 on March 7.

Keith Lee Monninger, 37, of Greencastle, Pa., died in the crash.

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

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