A former New Alexandria man was paroled Monday after pleading guilty to causing an Aug. 10, 2018, crash on Route 22 in Salem Township that killed a Greensburg man and injured his wife and daughter.

Brian Keith Clemons, 43, of Normantown, West Virginia, pleaded guilty to charges of vehicular homicide, aggravated assault by vehicle, simple assault, reckless endangerment, driving under the influence and related offenses. Clemons lived in New Alexandria at the time of the crash.

Westmoreland County Court of Common Pleas Judge Scott Mears sentenced Clemons to serve nine to 23 months in prison, but granted him parole after giving credit for time served in Westmoreland County Prison since November 15.

Witnesses at Clemons’ preliminary hearing in December recounted the crash that resulted in the death of Charles V. Hodgkins, 27, of Greensburg and left his wife, Brittany, and their 3-year-old daughter, Brianna, with serious injuries.

According to witnesses, a white Ford F-150 pickup truck sped toward traffic stopped at a steady red light on Route 22 in Salem Township before plowing into the Chrysler sedan Hodgkins was driving.

Hodgkins was extricated from the vehicle and died at Allegheny Health Network Forbes Hospital in Monroeville. His wife suffered a severed artery in her neck and broken ribs, while his daughter suffered a broken leg and facial fractures in the crash.

According to state police, although Clemons passed field sobriety tests at the scene of the crash, blood tests revealed he had cocaine in his system and had been under the influence of the drug at some point within 24 hours of the crash.

Police alleged that Clemons admitted in interviews that the crash was his fault and claimed he didn’t see the car stopped ahead of him at the red light.

An accident reconstruction team determined Clemons was driving about 67 mph in the 55 mph zone at the time of the crash, police said.

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