Lancaster man charged in fatal DUI crash

Benjamin R. Manotti

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – A man facing his third DUI charge has been deemed responsible for causing a deadly crash last month in Pequea Township.

Police said Benjamin R. Manotti, 38, was three times past the legal drinking limit when he veered into oncoming traffic and struck 33-year-old Gregory Pizarro’s vehicle head-on.

Pizarro died as a result of the Jan. 16 crash on Millersville Road.

Manotti’s blood-alcohol level was .239 percent. He was also driving without a license due to a DUI suspension in 2007, police say.

DUI homicide charges were filed against Manotti after he was discharged from a local hospital Friday morning. He had been treated for injuries he suffered in the crash.

Manotti was committed to Lancaster County Prison after failing to post a $1,000 bail set by Judge William Benner.

 

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