Posted on Oct 24, 2012
On Monday, October 8, 2012, Dauphin County judge Bernard L. Coates Jr. sentenced Andrew Denezza to 31 to 144 months in a state prison. The 33 year-old man from Swatara Township caused a 2009 accident that killed a taxi driver and one of his passengers.
The fatal accident occurred in October 2009 around 2:35am on the Market Street Bridge in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. An eastbound vehicle, driven by Denezza, crossed the median line. The car entered the far right lane of the two westbound lanes heading to the West Shore. The vehicle struck a taxi head-on. Killed in the accident were the driver, 34-year-old Michael Amissah of Harrisburg and one of the two passengers, 28-year-old Kristin Bowser of Camp Hill. The other passenger, 31-year-old Christopher Bowser, also from Camp Hill, sustained multiple critical injuries.
In April 2012, Denezza pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter, general impairment, driving under the influence, and reckless endangerment.
During the sentencing hearing, Denezza apologized to the victim’s families and said he never meant to hurt anybody. “There have been many days when I’ve wondered if it would have been better if I would never have walked away from that accident,” Denezza said. “I’m not the monster the news made me out to be.”
The sentence imposed by the judge was not enough for the victims’ families, who had urged him to send Denezza to prison for decades.
The Harrisburg car accident attorneys at Schmidt Kramer Injury Lawyers have been following this case closely. Our personal injury lawyers and support staff at the firm sends sincere condolences to the family and friends of the victims of this tragic accident.