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Man charged with 3rd-degree murder for fatal crash

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An Adams County man accused of driving drunk when he killed a Carroll Valley woman in a hit-and-run crash last year is facing additional charges that include third-degree murder, District Attorney Shawn Wagner said.

Jeffrey Allen Moser, 50, of Fairfield, was arrested on the new charges Tuesday and placed in Adams County Prison on $100,000 bail.

Moser had a blood-alcohol content of .194 percent, more than twice the legal limit of .08, when he struck and killed 38-year-old Melissa Ann Huff in the 6500 block of Fairfield Road the night of Nov. 21, according to Wagner.

That morning, Moser had completed 90 days of probation supervision for a previous DUI conviction and turned in his intoxilyzer, a machine that ensures people do not drink alcohol, then "willfully consumed large quantities of alcohol before he drove," Wagner said.

Court records indicate that Moser has six previous DUI convictions, including four in the last 10 years.

Huff and her boyfriend were loading a dead deer into her Jeep Cherokee when a Ford box truck crashed into the back of the vehicle, killing her.

The damaged truck was unoccupied when police officers found it a short distance from the crash scene, still on the roadway where it had stopped.

Police went to Moser's home and found him hiding in a bush. He had a strong odor of alcohol, was slurring his speech, and could not walk without assistance, according to charging documents.

He was arrested for suspicion of drunk driving when he refused a field sobriety test, police said.

The additional counts filed against him Tuesday include homicide by vehicle while DUI, accidents involving death or personal injury while not properly licensed, and reckless endangerment.


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