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Below is an article from the March 12, 2012 edition of the Chambersburg Public Opinion about a tragic hit and run accident which occurred on March 7, 2012 in Franklin County. The driver has been arrested and turned himself in. But it appears he had a long history of driving issues. Why would the local District Attorney not have him in prison before this event to prevent this from occurring?


Click photo to enlargeLeon C. Deardorff Jr. has been charged in a fatal truck-motorcycle crash. (Courtesy photo)«12» CARLISLE — A Mercersburg man wanted for his involvement in a fatal hit-and-run crash Wednesday voluntarily surrendered himself to police at 9 p.m. Saturday.

Leon Chalmers Deardorff, Jr., 29, of 14426 Dutchtown Road, Mercersburg, surrendered himself to troopers from the Pennsylvania State Police Chambersburg barracks in the borough of Carlisle, police said in a public information police report.

“We met him at a location. We were notified by an acquaintance of his that he wanted to turn himself in,” said Corporal Brad Ford with PSP Chambersburg.

Troopers from the Chambersburg barracks then met Deardorff outside on East North Street in Carlisle where he was “very cooperative,” he said.

Deardorff’s 2002 Isuzu truck, which had sustained damage to the right rear, was taken in by police as evidence, Ford said.

“We did a search warrant and seized the truck,” he said.

Deardorff was awaiting processing Saturday night but was transported to Franklin County Jail Sunday where he will have his preliminary arraignment, Ford said.

“He’s in Franklin County Jail now,” he said. “The judges come in in the morning and arraign them on the weekend.”

Deardorff had been wanted for fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run accident Wednesday that resulted in the death of Keith Monninger, a 37-year-old Greencastle businessman and father of three.

Monninger was killed in the crash around 7 p.m. Wednesday at Molly Pitcher Highway South (U.S. 11) and Social Island Road in Guilford Township. His motorcycle and a white box truck collided, according to state police.

Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey Conner declared Monninger dead at the scene. Monninger suffered multiple blunt force injuries, Conner said in a previous report.

Police have charged Deardorff with homicide by vehicle, accidents involving death or personal injury, accidents involving death or personal injury while not properly licensed, and additional misdemeanor and summary offenses. Deardorff was driving the truck while his license was suspended for driving under the influence, according to Trooper Michele Davis in a previous report.

The affidavit supporting the charges filed Thursday with Magisterial District Judge Kelly Rock indicates that Deardorff probably knew he had been in a crash with a motorcycle.

Senior staff writer Jim Hook contributed to this report.

Samantha Cossick can be reached at and 262-4762 or follow her on Twitter at @SCossickPO.

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