Fatal Chester County Crash
Thomas Patrick Brandon was making a delivery to the Chester County Prison in Pennsylvania on the morning of April 13, 2009 when his delivery truck crashed into a car stopped for a traffic light on Route 202. According to this article in the Delaware County Times, it caused the car to burst into flames, killing its driver, Daniel Lopez, of Phoenixville.
Brandon, 48, of Penndel, Bucks County, will begin an 11½- to 23-month prison term for criminal charges resulting from that crash.
The article said that Lopez was on his way to work when the crash occurred on Route 202 at Greentree Drive in Thornbury. He was stopped for a traffic light in his Chevrolet Cavalier behind a Pontiac Sunbird.
A crash reconstruction team determined Brandon was traveling about 67 mph when his truck struck the rear of Lopez’s car. Investigators found no evidence that Brandon had tried to slow down until just before impact.
The force of the crash pushed Lopez’s car into the Pontiac.
Brandon’s blood test showed the presence of THC, the main psychoactive substance in marijuana, although the intoxication level was insufficient for authorities to prove it had caused the crash. Brandon was charged with homicide by vehicle while DUI.
Lopez’s wife is pursuing a civil suit against Brandon and his former employer for her husband’s wrongful death.
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