Fatal accident in Antrim Township leads to charges year later

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

Charges have been filed a year after a fatal accident in Antrim Township.

A Greencastle man was charged with homicide by vehicle by Pennsylvania State Police, according to documents filed with District Magistrate Duane Cunningham. Marlyn Lyndel Brown, 26, 756 Joy Drive, was driving westbound on Leitersburg Road at 3:05 a.m. Nov. 14, 2010, when he hit a telephone pole at the Grindstone Hill Road intersection. His passenger, Derick Gonder, was flown from the scene and pronounced dead at 4:45 a.m. at York Hospital. The coroner said he died of blunt force trauma.

A crash reconstructionist said Brown had been driving 95 to 97 miles per hour in a 40 mph zone. His blood alcohol concentration was .06 percent.

According to the police report last year, Gonder, 22, was from Chambersburg. Brown was driving a 2009 Honda Civic and was able to get out of the vehicle on his own. Greencastle Rescue Hose Co. cut Gonder out of the car, which sustained major damage on the passenger side. Brown was treated for minor injuries at Chambersburg Hospital. Both men were wearing seatbelts.