2010-04-22 / Local & State

Pa. Man Charged In Wife’s Death On Motorcycle

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) – A western Pennsylvania man faces a preliminary hearing on charges that his wife was killed while a passenger on a motorcycle that police say the man crashed while drunk.

Thirty-four-year-old Robert Essinger, of Shenango Township, faces the hearing Thursday on charges of homicide by vehicle while driving drunk, driving under the influence and three traffic tickets.

Police say Essinger lost control of his motorcycle and crashed on May 22. Essinger and his 35-year-old wife, Leanna, were thrown from the bike and she was killed.

Township police say Essinger’s blood-alcohol content was 0.09 percent, just above the state’s legal limit for drivers, which is 0.08 percent.

Nobody answered the phone at Essinger’s residence Monday.

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