Man who allegedly killed his girlfriend in DUI crash charged with homicide, police say

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Oct. 8 2021, Published 3:42 p.m. ET

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A man has been charged with homicide in connection with a DUI crash this summer that killed his girlfriend in Pennsylvania, police said.

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Larry W. Hunt, 28, surrendered to police at his preliminary arraignment on Oct. 7, where he was released on bond, Penn Live reported.

Hunt was charged with homicide, reckless endangerment, aggravated assault, five other crimes and eight summary offenses, including not driving at a safe speed, according to Penn Live.

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The crash happened around 10:30 June 7 p.m. at 2120 Newville Road in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Penn Live reported.

According to court documents, Hunt was driving with his girlfriend Mary Staggs, 25, in her vehicle. He was speeding before the crash, according to Penn Live.

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Hunt allegedly veered into the westbound lane, and he tried to regain control of the vehicle, Penn Live reported. The vehicle began to slide sideways as it re-entered the eastbound lane of travel as Hunt over-corrected, according to Penn Live.

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The vehicle then slammed into a utility pole, and it rolled, throwing both Hunt and Staggs out of the sun roof, Penn Live reported. Police say neither wore seatbelts.

Hunt and Staggs were found laying several feet east of the crumpled vehicle when emergency responders arrived, according to Penn Live.

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Responders smelled alcohol on Hunt’s breath, and he was slurring his speech, Penn Live reported.

When asked if he had been drinking, Hunt reportedly said, “We both were,” according to Penn Live.

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Staggs suffered major head trauma, and she died of her injuries, Penn Live reported.

Police got a search warrant for blood taken from Hunt at the hospital, which showed evidence of marijuana and cocaine, according to Penn Live.

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His blood alcohol content was .178, more than twice the legal driving limit of .08, Penn Live reported.

Staggs had been dating Hunt for a few months, according to relatives, Penn Live reported. She was recently diagnosed as being in remission from cancer after undergoing two years of treatment and chemotherapy for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, according to Penn Live.

Staggs left behind two children, now ages 6 and 7, Penn Live reported.

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