Mercersburg, Pa., man accused of hitting a motorcyclist waives preliminary hearing

Leon Chalmers Deardorff Jr. faces eight criminal counts in death of Keith Lee Monninger

April 10, 2012|By ROXANN MILLER |
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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — A Mercersburg, Pa., man accused of hitting a motorcyclist on U.S. 11 last month and fleeing the scene waived his preliminary hearing in Franklin County (Pa.) Court Tuesday.

Leon Chalmers Deardorff Jr., 29, is charged with eight criminal counts, including homicide by vehicle, accident involving death or personal injury, and accident involving death or personal injury while not properly licensed.

A mandatory arraignment was scheduled for June 6 at 1 p.m.

Pennsylvania State Police said that 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 1286 Preston Lane, Greencastle, Pa., died in that crash. Monninger was co-owner of the Custom Cleaning Co. of Greencastle.

Police initially released a description of the white truck and asked the public for assistance in finding it.

An anonymous source provided information that Deardorff was the driver, police said.


Deardorff “voluntarily surrendered himself to troopers” in Carlisle, Pa., on March 10, police said in a news release.

The truck, which had damage to its right rear section, was found on March 8 on Cameron Street in Harrisburg, Pa.

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

Deardorff is being held in the Franklin County (Pa.) Jail. Bail has been denied.

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