Police: DNA identified driver in fatal I-83 crash

Harrisburg
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A former Hershey man is charged with vehicular homicide for a 2017 crash that killed his passenger on Interstate 83 near Harrisburg.

DNA evidence identified Shaqwan D. Miles as the driver who fled the crash at the Eisenhower Interchange in Swatara Township, according to charging document filed by state police this week.

Miles, 21, repeatedly denied he was driving the 2004 Honda Accord that overturned after striking a concrete median and guide rail around midnight on June 1, 2017, killing 19-year-old Nadia Rodriguez of Harrisburg.

He claimed he was a rear seat passenger and did not know the driver’s name.

Police said the car had been stolen in Harrisburg from a pizza delivery man who was beaten and robbed about an hour before the crash.

A Susquehanna Township police officer later tried to stop the Honda for going 67 mph in a 35 mph zone, but a pursuit was terminated as the driver exited I-83 at Derry Street.

When police found Miles about four hours after the crash, they said he had injuries to his head and neck, airbag residue all over his face, and he was not wearing any shoes.

A pair of sneakers, among the items tested for DNA, was found under Honda’s brake and accelerator pedals.

Miles is already serving two to four years for robbery and other charges.

Police said in August 2017, he robbed a man of his cellphone at gunpoint and then led police on a chase in Swatara Township. That chase ended when Miles crashed a stolen car into a utility pole, police said.

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