Munhall man pleads guilty in fatal crash

March 5, 2012 3:52 pm

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A Munhall man pleaded guilty today to homicide by vehicle in a deal with prosecutors after he initially claimed someone else was behind the wheel of his car when it crashed and killed a woman.

Timothy Lesko, 24, will spend two to four years in prison as part of the deal in which prosecutors dropped a charge of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence. He also pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated assault.

He faced a maximum sentence of nine years had he been convicted.

Authorities said Mr. Lesko was going nearly 70 miles per hour when he slammed into another car in Lincoln Place after leaving the Elks Club in September of 2009.

The crash killed 24-year-old Jessica Trail, who was seated in the front passenger seat of the car Mr. Lesko hit, and injured three others in the car. Mr. Lesko had a blood alcohol content of .226, nearly four times the legal limit.

Mr. Lesko initially claimed someone else was driving and was only arrested after DNA found on the driver's side airbag was found to match his.

Moriah Balingit: mbalingit@post-gazette.com, 412-263-2533 and on Twitter @MoriahBee.
First Published 2012-03-05 14:52:42

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