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Crash that killed woman was the driver’s 6th DUI in 9 years, police say

David Strowhouer, 30, had five previous DUI convictions when he was struck by a passenger while driving under the influence this past weekend.
(Delaware County District Attorney’s Office)

Pennsylvania man drives drunk on a suspended license on the day of his mothers funeral, killed a 45-year-old woman last weekend in what authorities say was his sixth DUI in nine years.

The suspect, identified as David Strowhouer, 30, of Willistown, crashed his Dodge Ram vehicle head-on into a Subaru WRX car last Saturday, a report said. The police responded to the crash around 9:20 pm

“I don’t know that he learned his lesson yet. He brought the tragedy of a family and to an extent, brought tragedy to his own,” Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland said, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

“I don’t know that he learned his lesson yet. He brought the tragedy of a family and to an extent, brought tragedy to his own.”

— Katayoun M. Copeland, Delaware County district attorney

Strowhouer was in prison after the police declaration Sunday, a news outlet reported. He Had pleaded guilty of five DUIs since 2010, the Inquirer reported.

Officers of justice are now looking to convict him with “murder by vehicle while driving under the influence,” the paper reported.

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Authorities say the crash killed passenger Deana Eckman, 45, according to Philadelphia’s WPVI-TV. She was pronounced dead at the scene, while her husband Chris was rushed to a hospital with serious injuries, reports said. Strowhouer allegedly tried to flee on foot, the Philly Voice reported.

The police said Strowhouer initially lied to authorities and said that his cousin was driving. But, by means of interviews and videos, police believe he was behind the wheel, WPVI reported.

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“One day, when he should have with his family, he chooses to get drunk, cause a fatal crash, and then create a lie to researchers,” Copeland said, according to the Inquirer.

Stowhouer faces more than a dozen charges, including aggravated assault with the car, the reports said, citing court documents.

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