LANCASTER, PA — An Akron man pleaded guilty Tuesday to homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence and six other charges related to a fatal crash on Oregon Pike last September.
Derek Sensenig, 31 of the 100 block of Fulton St., entered an open guilty plea before Lancaster County President Judge David Ashworth Tuesday afternoon and will be sentenced after a presentence investigation is completed.
Sensenig accepted guilt that he was driving northbound in a Lincoln SUV under the influence of alcohol and clonazepam in the 3900 block of Oregon Pike before crossing into the opposing lane, striking a Toyota Camry head-on, and killing the driver, 65-year-old Jeffrey Myers.
Sensenig is also charged with homicide by vehicle, three counts of DUI, and a count of leaving his traffic lane.
A blood test taken after the crash showed Sensenig’s blood alcohol content at 0.187%.
First Assistant District Attorney Todd Brown is prosecuting the case and stated another witness was driving behind Sensenig and called 911 due to his erratic driving before the fatal crash occurred.
Brown also mentioned this incident being Sensenig’s third DUI offense.
Sensenig had pleaded guilty and was sentenced on his second DUI charge on July 27, 2022. This incident revealed a Clerk of Courts error that his DL-21 form wasn’t sent to PennDot within the 10-day requirement. Sensenig’s license had not yet been suspended
Sensenig faces a maximum of 34 years in prison. Sensenig and defense counsel held comment for sentencing.
President Judge Ashworth remanded Sensenig to Lancaster County Prison until the sentencing hearing.