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Waynesboro man charged in fatal pedestrian accident

August 12, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com
  • Benjamin Savage, 31, of Waynesboro, Pa., has been charged in a fatal pedestrian accident that occurred Sunday.
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WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Police arrested a Waynesboro man accused of hitting a woman with his car and killing her early Sunday.

Benjamin Rodger Savage, 31, of South Church Street is charged with homicide by vehicle, accidents involving death or personal injury, involuntary manslaughter and reckless driving, Waynesboro police said in a news release.

He is incarcerated in Franklin County (Pa.) Jail without bail, according to online court records.

Officers allege Savage was driving a car that struck and fatally injured 22-year-old Kristi Lee Queen in the first block of West Sixth Street near its intersection with South Church Street. The collision occurred at about 2 a.m. Sunday.

The Franklin County (Pa.) 911 Center received an anonymous tip Sunday afternoon suggesting that authorities should check a property on North Potomac Street for the vehicle involved in the crash, according to an affavit of probable cause.

Police said they found a black Volkswagen GTI with body damage, as well as hair and blood on the windshield.

Savage allegedly told police the car was his and that he was “screwed” before saying he did not want to talk to officers further, the affidavit said.

Two witnesses to the crash said they were walking with Queen after leaving Break Away Sports Lounge. One said he heard a loud exhaust from a vehicle as he and Queen were crossing West Sixth Street, the affidavit said.

The man told police he saw headlights and tried to grab Queen’s arm to pull her out of the oncoming vehicle’s path, the affidavit said.

The man said his hand slipped off her arm, clutching instead at her purse, the affidavit said.

He “stated the vehicle did not slow down before or after striking Queen, ... (and that she) flew up in the air after being struck by the vehicle,” the affidavit said.

Queen had a heartbeat when they arrived on the scene, police said in court documents.

Emergency medical crews took over Queen’s care and advised she had died, so the Franklin County Coroner’s Office was called, the affidavit said.

The Pennsylvania State Police’s traffic collision reconstruction unit is assisting in the investigation.

Savage previously served time in the county jail, including for a case involving simple assault and harassment charges filed in 2011. He was sentenced to three to 23 months in that case, online records said.

In 2003, he was arrested twice. One case involved driving under the influence; the other included charges of simple assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, the records said.

His preliminary hearing on the new charges is scheduled for Aug. 20.

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