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Toohil’s Bill Would Increase Penalty for Fleeing a Fatal Crash
5/7/2014
HARRISBURG – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) is the primary sponsor of legislation to be introduced soon in the House of Representatives that would increase the mandatory minimum penalty for fleeing the scene of a fatal traffic accident. Toohil’s proposal is also known as “Kevin’s Law,” after a young crash victim from Luzerne County.

“A recent tragedy in my district has once again exposed a major flaw in Pennsylvania law that gives drunk drivers an incentive to leave the scene of a violent crash,” said Toohil. “In fact, it not only gives these violators the incentive to flee, but it encourages them to do so in order to face lesser charges.”

To download broadcast-quality video of Toohil’s comments, click here.

Kevin Miller, 5, of Dallas, was struck and killed by a drunk driver in December 2012, while crossing a street in Wilkes-Barre with his father after a Christmas party. The 23-year-old driver never stopped, but instead chose to speed away. Last month, the defendant was sentenced to two-to-five years in prison after pleading guilty to the charge of accidents involving death, which is a second-degree felony.

Toohil noted that under current law, the mandatory minimum prison sentence for a drunk driver who kills someone is three years. But drivers charged with fleeing the scene of a violent accident face only a mandatory minimum prison sentence of one year. Toohil’s bill would increase the minimum mandatory prison sentence for the fleeing charge to three years, in order to make the penalties consistent.

“The legal loophole that currently exists only encourages this despicable behavior by drunk drivers,” said Toohil. “They know if they flee the scene of a bad accident, they may spend only one year behind bars because they will have avoided a DUI charge. This flaw in our legal system must be fixed.”

Toohil’s legislation is a companion bill to Senate Bill 1079, sponsored by Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20).

For more information on Toohil and her legislative priorities, visit www.RepToohil.com or www.Facebook.com/RepToohil.

Representative Tarah Toohil
116th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office
717.260.6136
RepToohil.com / Facebook.com/RepToohil
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