By Brad Segall
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) – A former Pennsylvania State Trooper who was off-duty and drunk behind the wheel will spend at least six months behind bars in connection with a fiery, deadly crash on the Turnpike near Plymouth Meeting nearly two years ago.
Barry Searfoss pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and DUI and was sentenced to six to 23 months in jail. Prosecutors say the 42-year-old Coatesville man had a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit when he collided with a car driven by 21-year-old Robin Williams. The car exploded and she was killed.
Defense attorney Christian Hoey says they’re pleased with the outcome.
“It doesn’t mitigate, of course, the loss the Williams family sustained. We’re very saddened by that loss, but in the courtroom I think we all got it correct,” Hoey said. “And I think we got the best result possible for everybody involved.”
Prosecutors say there were challenges because the car suffered a catastrophic engine failure causing it to slow down and there was a faulty gas tank. Police say Searfoss was drinking beer for several hours at a charity golf outing designed to raise money for a scholarship named for a woman killed by a drunk driver.