Chester County Man Sentenced to 5½ to 12 Years for Homicide by Vehicle

Charles GormanCharles Gorman, 30, of Coatesville (Image: Chester County District Attorney Office)

WEST CHESTER, PA — The Chester County District Attorney’s Office announced Charles Gorman, 30, of Coatesville, was sentenced to 5½ to 12 years in prison for homicide by vehicle while DUI and related charges after killing a 47-year old victim while driving drunk on Route 30 in 2019. Two other victims were injured in the accident.

Chester County District Attorney Deb Ryan said, “The defendant made three deliberate and tragic decisions to drive while drunk on October 23, 2019, that altered the victim’s family and friends’ lives forever. I am sure that the pain of their senseless loss is indescribable. My heart goes out to them.”

Authorities state that after an Exton bar refused to serve any more alcohol to the inebriated defendant on October 23, 2019, he drove to a Planet Fitness in Downingtown and got into a verbal altercation with a patron in the parking lot. He tore the side mirrors off the patron’s car before getting back into his car and driving to a Turkey Hill store in Caln Township, where he verbally harassed two employees outside the store. He then brandished a chisel tool, chasing one of the employees across Route 340.

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The defendant again fled in his vehicle despite one of the rear tires being flat and drove west on Route 30. Near the Reeceville Road exit, the defendant’s tire blew out, and he lost control of his car. The defendant’s car hit another vehicle, causing it to spin out of control and strike the victim who was standing on the side of the road. The victim had set up flares on the road’s shoulder while fixing his work van’s tire. The victim died at the scene. The two victims in the first car that was struck were taken to Paoli Hospital’s Trauma Center.

The Downingtown Police Department, Caln Township Police Department, and Pennsylvania State Police investigated. Assistant District Attorneys Dan Hollander and Jessica Acito were the prosecutors.

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