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Cops: After Mom's Funeral, His 6th DUI Proved Fatal

David Strowhouer denied driving, admitted to wanting cocaine: cops
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2019 8:50 AM CST
David Strowhouer   (Delaware County DA's Office)

(Newser) – A Pennsylvania man faces a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years in prison under a new state law if convicted of what police say was his sixth DUI since 2010. But it's a situation where you think "seven years isn’t even enough, not by any stretch of the imagination," Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun Copeland tells the Philadelphia Inquirer. Police say 45-year-old Deana Eckman was killed and her husband seriously injured when David Strowhouer’s pickup truck swerved and hit their vehicle head-on in Upper Chichester around 9:20pm Saturday, the same day Strowhouer said he attended his mother's funeral. The 30-year-old allegedly left the scene before returning and claiming his cousin had been driving him in search of cocaine after being with family at a restaurant-bar, per an affidavit.

The cousin was actually in Puerto Rico, where he lives, police say, noting surveillance video and Strowhouer's own brother confirmed he'd been the truck's lone occupant. Strowhouer—in custody on numerous charges including homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence—was ineligible to drive in Pennsylvania after pleading guilty to five DUIs. The Delco Times has details on each, including a May 2017 arrest for which he served more than a year in prison before his release last fall. Copeland cited his past convictions in proposing "to go above and beyond the mandatory sentencing guidelines in this case," per the Inquirer. "Each time, he should have learned the consequences of his behavior. Clearly, he didn't," she adds, per Philly Voice. (This alleged impaired driver claimed to have seen an octopus.)

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