Milesburg man pleads guilty to vehicular homicide for 2012 crash that killed his wife

mcarroll@centredaily.comOctober 11, 2013 

A Milesburg man who police said lied about him being the driver in a July 2012 crash that killed his wife has pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle, driving under the influence and all other charges in the case.

David Bartley, 50, entered the guilty plea Monday during jury selection for his pending trial, according to court papers.

Police alleged that Bartley was under the influence of prescription pills during the fatal crash on July 3, 2012, on Benner Pike in College Township.

He lost control of his SUV and crashed into a telephone pole near Tractor Supply Co., killing his wife, Susan Bartley, 43, police said.

Deborah Lux, Bartley’s attorney, said her client could be facing three to six years in state prison.

Bartley initially told police his wife was driving, but later admitted his wife asked him to drive because she wasn’t feeling well, police said.

A witness to the crash told police a man was driving and, after the crash, walked to the passenger side and pulled a woman from the SUV.

Susan Bartley’s body was found outside the passenger door. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Toxicology tests showed that David Bartley was under the influence of Oxycodone, a narcotic painkiller, and Alprazolam, which is used to treat anxiety, at the time of the crash.

His wife’s autopsy showed she did not have drugs or alcohol in her system.

Police have said Bartley maintained that the crash happened as he swerved to miss another car in the center of the road.

Witnesses, however, told police there was no car in Bartley’s path. One witness reportedly was in front of Bartley’s vehicle and saw him driving erratically just before the crash.

Matt Carroll can be reached at 231-4631. Follow him on Twitter @Carrollreporter.

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