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Homicide Charges Filed in Motorcycle Crash

The district attorney says drunken driving on Route 202 caused a 'senseless' death.

A 49-year-old West Chester man is facing homicide by vehicle charges following an accident on Route 202 that took the life of a motorcyclist in Westtown on April 26.

Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan said Robert Elwood Landis was found to have a blood alcohol level of 0.28 percent, more than three times the legal limit at the time of the crash which killed 24-year-old Liam Crowley of Chesterbrook in Tredyffrin Township.

"Anybody who drives drunk is in danger of killing another person. Getting behind the wheel of a pickup truck at night on the highway with this much alcohol in your system is like firing 5,000 pound bullet into a crowd of people," Hogan said.

Crowley was airlifted from the scene to the trauma center at Paoli Hospital where he died from his injuries two days later. Landis was originally charged with DUI pending the outcome of the police investigation.

Landis was scheduled to be arraigned on the homicide and DUI charges in West Chester District Court late Tuesday morning.

The full criminal complaint filed in the case and a press release on the investigation are attached to this story as pdf files.

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