Jefferson County, PA – Two people who had been involved in a fatal DUI crash that killed a young girl in December of 2016 have pleaded guilty and were sentenced.
34-year-old Mark Andrus of Shippenville pleaded guilty to several felony counts. He will serve 8 years 4 ½ months to a maximum of 26 years in state prison.
He faces charges of homicide by vehicle while DUI, aggravated assault while DUI, child endangerment, and accidents involving death or injury while not properly licensed.
Andrus was facing three other DUI charges from earlier in 2016 and had just posted bail three days before the fatal crash. He was charged with a DUI in August of 2016, DUI and driving on a suspended license in September of 2016, and DUI and child endangerment charges in November of 2016.
A woman who was a passenger in the car, 31-year-old Heather Adams of Brookville, pleaded guilty to three counts of child endangerment. She was sentenced to 2 years less a day in Jefferson County Jail for one count of child endangerment, and a total of 6 years of probation after the jail sentence for the other two counts of endangerment.
The fatal crash took the life of an 11-year-old girl from Big Run and injured four others on Dec. 9, 2016 on State Route 322 in Union Township. Andrus lost control of the car on the snow-covered roads, stuck another vehicle, and was pushed into a utility pole.
One girl was pronounced dead at the scene. Her siblings, a then 10-year-old boy and 8-year-old girl, were severely injured.
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