Mercersburg man pleads not guilty in death of motorcyclist

Leon Chalmers Deardorff Jr. is charged with eight criminal counts in death of Keith Lee Monninger

June 06, 2012|By ROXANN MILLER |
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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — A Mercersburg, Pa., man accused of striking a motorcyclist with his vehicle in March on U.S. 11 and fleeing the scene waived his formal arraignment and entered a not-guilty plea Wednesday in Franklin County (Pa.) Court, according to District Attorney Matt Fogal.

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

The case is scheduled for trial, but no court date has been set.

Pennsylvania State Police said Deardorff was driving a 2002 Isuzu box truck that struck 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 in Greencastle, Pa., died in that crash. Monninger was co-owner of 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 on March 10 in Carlisle, Pa., police said in a news release.

The truck, which had damage to its right rear section, was found 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.

He is being held without bail in the Franklin County (Pa.) Jail.

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