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Homicide by Vehicle
7/6/2018
 
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State police have charged a man following a crash that ignited a fire that killed one person at an Indiana County gas station. James Brown, 33, was charged with homicide by vehicle with DUI, aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI, homicide by vehicle, accidents involving death, and several other charges. Police said a 2003 Subaru Outback crashed into gas pumps at Pikel's Top Tier Fuels service along State Route 119 Thursday in Rayne Township. Authorities said as a result of the crash, an employee for the service station, 52-year-old Melissa Ann Myers, died at the scene. Police said they identified Brown as the driver and determined he was under the influence at the time of the crash. A second man, Michael White, 32, was a passenger in the vehicle and left the scene and was taken into custody a short time later in Punxsutawney, according to police. Police said they interviewed White and he was not charged and has been released from custody.
  
 
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