Derry woman pleads guilty to vehicular homicide in 2016 motorcycle crash |

Derry woman pleads guilty to vehicular homicide in 2016 motorcycle crash

Rich Cholodofsky

A Derry Township woman pleaded guilty Thursday to causing the 2016 death of a motorcyclist.

Bailey Campbell, 25, is expected to be sentenced to five years of probation including 18 months of house arrest, according to Assistant District Attorney Allen Powanda.

She was charged in connection with the April 26, 2016 crash on state Route 982 near the Highview Street intersection in Derry Township.

Campbell’s Jeep Cherokee crossed over into the oncoming lane of travel and struck a Harley-Davidson motorcycle driven by Chad Gates, 29, of Derry Township.

Gates died from injuries sustained in the crash, according to court records.

The crash occurred shortly after 2 p.m. on what police said was a clear and dry day.

In a letter written to the judge, Gates’ widow, Brittany, discussed her husband’s death and its impact for the couple’s two 3-year-old daughters.

β€œAt such a young age this should have been the beginning of the best years of our lives. We were just starting our family and raising our babies. We hardly got started on our journey,” Brittany Gates wrote.

β€œI will be mourning the loss of my husband, mourning for my innocent children and mourning the loss of the life we should have had.”

Campbell pleaded guilty to one count of vehicular homicide. Westmoreland County prosecutors dismissed one charge of reckless endangerment and four summary traffic violations.

Westmoreland County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher Feliciani said he will sentence Campbell in about a month, under terms of the plea bargain deal, after she is evaluated for drug and alcohol treatment.

Campbell’s driver’s license will be suspended for three years.

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