Benjamin Manotti

Benjamin R. Manotti

A Lancaster man will stand trial for causing the Jan. 16 crash that killed a Pequea man.

Benjamin R. Manotti, 38, was drunk when he veered his Chevrolet Blazer into a Ford Taurus driven by 33-year-old Gregory Pizarro, police said. It was his third DUI charge since 2005.

District Judge William Benner, at a preliminary hearing earlier this month, ordered Manotti to be tried on counts of homicide by vehicle while DUI, homicide by vehicle, hit-and-run, DUI and related counts.

The crash occurred Jan. 16 crash in the 2100 block of Millersville Road.

Pizarro died in the crash. Manotti’s life was saved, police said, by James Cooper, a Cumberland County truck driver, who arrived on the scene immediately after the crash and extinguished a fire in Manotti’s overturned car. Manotti was trapped in the car, according to previous reports.

Testing after the crash showed Manotti’s blood-alcohol level was .239 percent, about three times the Pennsylvania limit (.08 percent) for drivers, according to the Lancaster County district attorney’s office.

It is Manotti’s third DUI charge since 2005, according to Brett Hambright, a spokesman for the district attorney. At the time of the crash, Hambright said, Manotti was driving without a license, which has been suspended since a 2007 DUI conviction.

He remains at Lancaster County Prison on $1 million bail, according to Assistant District Attorney Maria Cusick.

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