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Posted on: November 13, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Kinzers Driver Jailed for Fleeing Crash that Injured Amish Family

A Kinzers man recently admitted to striking a horse-drawn buggy carrying an Amish family, then fleeing the scene and breaking down his car.

Michael Lee Roe pleaded guilty to three counts of felony hit-and-run and related, lesser offenses regarding the Dec. 29, 2014, crash in the 6400 block of White Oak Road, near Christiana.

In accordance with the plea agreement arranged by Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Ponessa-Hundley, Roe will serve 3 to 23 months in prison, followed by 3 years of probation, and pay over $50,000 in damages from the crash.

He will report to Lancaster County Prison on Friday night.

Lancaster County Judge Margaret Miller accepted the agreement and ordered sentence. State sentencing guidelines called for a 1-to-12-month sentence on each count of hit-and-run.

Three members of the Fisher family were hurt in the crash. Two of them sustained broken facial bones; the other, a concussion.

As part of sentence, Roe was ordered to pay over $55,000 in restitution: for the Fishers’ medical bills and damage to the buggy.

State police received a tip that Roe was driving a silver Honda Civic that struck the buggy and fled. An investigation led police to an Atglen home. There, troopers found Roe’s father and grandfather.

The silver Honda Civic was being stripped in a garage. The hood, roof, doors and bumper were all cut off the car, police reported.

A couple days later, Roe gave a statement to police, denying he struck the buggy; he claimed he struck a deer.

However, pieces of the car left at the crash scene matched Roe’s Honda.

State police Trooper Jennifer Maguire filed charges.

MEDIA CONTACT: Brett A. Hambright, 717-295-2041;; Twitter: @BrettHambright

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