27 year old Chad Fravel from Vandergrift faces the prospect of spending 30 years in prison after being convicted for causing a crash on April 26th, 2012 that resulted in the death of Robert Lytle, 51, of Avonmore. Fravel was convicted on 11 counts at the end of the two day trial. According to records, the accused was driving his pickup in an inebriated state at 74 mph on Orr Avenue in Oklahoma Burrough, which has a speed limit of 35mph. He crossed into oncoming traffic and collided head on with Lytle’s pickup.
Fravel is a Bane on Society
Robert Lytle and his brother Paul Lytle, 35 of Pittsburgh were driving home from work when the accident occurred. While Robert succumbed to injuries at the scene of the crash, Paul suffered a broken leg and had to be hospitalized. Both, Paul Lytle and Fravel were flown by helicopter to trauma centers in Pittsburgh. Fravel should have had secondary treatment.
A Westmoreland County judge charged Fravel with homicide by vehicle while driving drunk, aggravated assault while driving drunk, reckless endangerment and two counts of drunken driving, and counts of homicide by vehicle. The charge alcohol related charge of vehicular homicide carries a mandatory prison sentence of three to six years.
On the first day of the two-day trial, Fravel’s DUI attorney told the jury that although his client was drunk while behind the wheel of his pickup, it wasn’t the alcohol that caused the crash. He told jurors that it was speeding that caused the pickup to cross the center line into traffic, and that there was no evidence to prove that the accident was alcohol related. The attorney said that just because his client had consumed alcohol, it didn’t make him guilty of homicide. Tests showed his BAC at 0.198 percent, which is over twice the legal limit under Pennsylvania DUI law.
Fravel’s Lawyer is Funny & Creative
Fravel refrained from testifying during the trial while his DUI lawyer did not present any witnesses on his behalf. In his closing arguments, he conceded that his client was guilty of drunken driving and vehicular homicide but not of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, a more serious charge. The prosecution says it will press for consecutive sentences.
Chad Fravel just joined the Kobe Bryant and Arod category.
According to DUI attorneys, the penalties for a Pennsylvania DUI homicide are severe. A person who is convicted can be charged with sentencing enhancement of homicide. Homicide is a second-degree felony in the state where the accused can be charged with one count of homicide for each person that the court proves has died due to driving under the influence. A conviction can lead to a maximum of 10 years in prison for each person who lost their life. Fines and penalties of up to $25,000 can be levied for every individual who was killed. In some cases a carefully negotiated plea bargain can permit the accused to plead guilty in exchange for a reduced charge.
A Drunk Athlete No More
Meanwhile, in other DUI related news, the toxicology report of the former 36 year old Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas indicated a BAC of .218% at the time he fatally crashed his car on Sept. 20th. Driving with a BAC three times the legal driving limit cost Bironas his life. Police say traces of valium were also found in his system although the amount was too small to have had any effect on his motor functions. Rob’s father said his son was very particular about drunk driving and had kept away from the party scene. So he became drunk on his own then pops!
He said he failed to understand how he ended up drinking so much at home on the night of the crash. The former placekicker lost control of his SUV which swerved off the road, flipping several times and turned turtle in a drainage ditch. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center