Woman gets prison for crash that killed Harrisburg firefighter


A 19-year-old woman will serve up to 12 years in prison for a hit-and-run DUI crash that killed Harrisburg Bureau of Fire Lt. Dennis Devoe last year.

Khanyae Kendall, of Harrisburg, was ordered to serve 5 to 12 years in prison at sentencing Monday in Dauphin County Court.

She was found guilty in February of homicide by vehicle while DUI and homicide by vehicle. She also pleaded guilty to charges of theft, DUI, accidents involving death or personal injury, and summary traffic offenses.

Prosecutors said Kendall was high on PCP and driving a stolen car when she ran a stop sign and struck Devoe’s vehicle at the intersection of 14th and Walnut streets on March 10, 2017.

DeVoe, of Stewartstown, was a father of four and a 21-year veteran of the Bureau of Fire. He was on his way to a station to pick up his gear before heading to a house fire in the 2500 block of Lexington Street that claimed the lives of two young girls.

Investigators said the fire was caused by a recharging hoverboard.

Devoe had just returned from a funeral for a retired Harrisburg firefighter who died of cancer.

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