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Man sentenced in fiery 2016 crash

November 17, 2017 News Extra

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Eric T. Defelice

A Lyndora man was sentenced to time served in Butler County Court after being charged with drunkenly crashing his car and injuring two passengers.

Eric T. Defelice, 21, was sentenced to two days to six months in Butler County Prison, with time served of two days, and was immediately paroled by Judge William Shaffer.

Defelice previously pleaded guilty to misdemeanor driving under the influence and two counts of recklessly endangering another person on Oct. 4.

He was charged by Butler Township police after a fiery crash on Fairground Hill Road on April 9, 2016, when police said he was impaired by alcohol and marijuana when he lost control of his speeding car and traveled down a ravine.

The 1998 Toyota Avalon struck several trees before bursting into flames. A backseat passenger, 22-year-old Steven Dunmire of Butler, was thrown out of the car in the wreck.

Police said other motorists rushed to help and dragged Dunmire away from the burning vehicle.

Defelice and his front seat-passenger, 20-year-old Mia Kopp of Butler, were out of the car when officers got there.

Like Dunmire, according to court documents, Kopp was severely injured. Both passengers were taken to Butler Memorial Hospital.

Kopp suffered numerous broken bones and cuts that required stitches. Dunmire was diagnosed with a concussion and he, too, was treated for cuts to the face and head.

Defelice, who suffered less serious injuries, told police that he was driving his brother’s car to the store to buy cigarettes when he crashed.

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