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Man jailed for crash that killed West Newton resident

The family of a West Newton man killed last year while riding his lawn mower in Elk County watched the man responsible for his death go to jail.

Paul Barr McConville, 39, of Sigel, was sentenced Monday by Elk County Common Pleas President Judge Richard Masson to one to two years in jail, with the potential for work release, for the Nov. 14 crash that killed Rodger Davis.

McConville will serve five years of probation following his jail term.

Davis, 55, had been on a riding lawn mower, heading east about 2:10 p.m. on Spring Creek Road in Ridgway, when it was rear-ended by a pick-up truck operated by McConville.

Davis and his wife, Jenilee, were at their camp in Elk County when the accident occurred.

Police said McConville was traveling 44 mph greater than the posted speed limit. He was not hurt.

Davis was pronounced dead at the scene.

Last month, McConville pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle.

Davis’ wife and children, Toni Lorenzo, of Rostraver Township, and Ryan Davis, of West Newton, attended the sentencing. They watched as McConville was handcuffed and sent to jail.

Davis’ wife and son presented victim impact statements.

Jenilee Davis said she asked the judge not to give McConville work release during his jail sentence.

“Actually, I think it’s like staying in a cheap motel,” Jenilee Davis said. “He’s still going to be with people, still going to work every day. It’s not like being in jail at all.”

She said McConville was traveling 74 mph on the country road her husband was traveling on with the riding lawn mower.

“Who drives at that kind of speed on a country road,” she said.

She said her family remains devastated by her husband’s death. The couple had been together since they were 15 and were married for 35 years.

“We had a perfect marriage and a perfect life, and (McConville) took it away,” Jenilee Davis said of her husband.

“My daughter is going to have a baby, and he’ll never see that. He won’t see my son get married.

“I don’t know how to live without him. My husband’s dead, and he gets to live his life. It’s been a year, but it seems like it was just yesterday.”

The Daily Press of St. Mary’s contributed to this report.


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