Lebanon County Man to Face Court in Lancaster for Fatal DUI Crash

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LANCASTER, PA — Gavin Kline, a 20-year-old from Palmyra, Lebanon County, is set to face multiple charges in Lancaster County Court related to a deadly crash last August, after choosing to waive his preliminary hearing last Thursday. The incident, which occurred on Route 322 in Penn Township, resulted in one fatality and several injuries.

Kline, residing on the 500 block of N. Railroad Street, is charged with homicide by vehicle while under the influence (DUI), alongside additional counts including aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI, homicide by vehicle without DUI, aggravated assault by vehicle, two counts of recklessly endangering another person, three counts of DUI based on different substances, and eight summary driving offenses.

The charges stem from an afternoon collision on August 22, 2023, when Northern Lancaster County Regional Police were called to the scene of a multi-vehicle accident around 2:25 p.m. According to police reports, Kline allegedly attempted an illegal overtaking maneuver on Route 322, leading to a head-on collision with an oncoming vehicle.

Investigations into the crash, supported by witness statements and scene reconstruction efforts, revealed the presence of antidepressants and marijuana in Kline’s system at the time of the accident, as indicated by a blood test. The collision resulted in the death of a passenger in Kline’s vehicle, pronounced dead at the scene, while Kline and another victim were transported to a hospital for treatment. The surviving victim suffered significant injuries, including broken ribs, a fractured vertebra, and multiple fractures in the foot and ankle.

Kline is scheduled for arraignment on April 26, moving forward with the legal process to address the serious allegations against him. It is important to note that all defendants, including Kline, are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The waiver of the preliminary hearing progresses the case to the next stage in the judicial system, where the details of the incident will be further examined and adjudicated.

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