A York County man has been held for court in the crash that killed Loganville Fire Chief Rodney Miller last month.
Matthew Diehl, 32, of Shrewsbury, appeared for a preliminary hearing Friday morning before District Judge Jeff Joy, who found enough evidence to forward all charges to county court, including a new count of third-degree murder; punishable by up to 40 years behind bars.
“We believe that third-degree murder was the appropriate charge,” Chief Deputy Prosecutor Tim Barker said.
Miller was at the scene of a crash on Interstate 83 near Glen Rock during the early morning of April 27, when Diehl tried to get around stopped traffic by driving in a closed lane, according to police.
He went around Miller's emergency vehicle and struck the volunteer fire chief, then continued to drive for about two more miles before he was stopped in the traffic backlog, police said.
Miller died at a hospital.
Diehl broke down as he listened to the testimony.
“We're talking about, really, what's called recklessness with extreme indifference to the value of human life. That's what we're alleging he did,” Chief Deputy Prosecutor Tim Barker said after the hearing. “Malice is a shorthand term for that, but really it's recklessness with extreme indifference to the value of human life.”
Prosecutors said Diehl's blood-alcohol content was .118 percent, and he has served prison time for two prior DUI offenses.
“We did introduce evidence today concerning his prior driving
convictions which do include DUI offenses as well as other leaving the
scene of accident offenses,” Barker said.
After the hearing, Diehl was returned to the York County Prison, where he is being
held without bail.
A formal arraignment was scheduled for June 28.