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Pa. man accused in fatal hit-and-run waives preliminary hearing

Benjamin Rodger Savage is charged with homicide by vehicle, accidents involving death or personal injury, involuntary manslaughter and reckless driving in death of Kristi Lee Queen

September 10, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com
  • Benjamin Savage, 31, of Waynesboro, Pa., has been charged in a fatal pedestrian accident on Aug. 11, 2013.
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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — A Waynesboro, Pa., man accused of hitting a woman with his car and killing her in August waived his preliminary hearing on Tuesday.

Benjamin Rodger Savage, 31, remains incarcerated in the Franklin County (Pa.) Jail. He was transported to the county courthouse Tuesday, where he met privately with a public defender and chose to waive the preliminary hearing before appearing before a judge.

His case will be scheduled for mandatory arraignment.

Waynesboro police charged Savage with homicide by vehicle, accidents involving death or personal injury, involuntary manslaughter and reckless driving.

Officers allege Savage was driving a Volkswagen GTI 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, Aug. 11.

Two witnesses to the crash told police they were walking with Queen after leaving the Break Away Sports Lounge. Police allege one of those men said he heard a loud exhaust from a vehicle as he and Queen were crossing West Sixth Street, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

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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.

The Franklin County Coroner’s Office pronounced Queen dead at the scene.

Savage allegedly fled and was found at a borough home after an anonymous tip made to 911.

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