A Bensalem man responsible for a fatal hit-and-run last year will serve between five and ten years in prison as part of a plea deal.
On August 11, 2019, Richard McCausland, 22, hit a pedestrian with his green Kia Soul on Hulmeville Road. Police say they found the victim, Timothy McGuire, 38, in the bushes near the intersection with Kings Avenue.
The incident occured shortly before 11:30 p.m., according to the vehicle’s GPS system. However, nobody found McGuire’s body until about 6:15 a.m. the next day, nearly seven hours later.
McCausland’s GPS also showed he was speeding at 76 miles per hour, more than double the 35 mph speed limit. In addition, he was driving with a suspended license.
Deputy District Attorney Robert James presented a crash reconstruction in court. James state it found “the victim should not only have been visible to a vehicle operator, but would have time to stop and/or react to the victim had the operator been travelling at or near the posted speed limit.”
Though McCausland failed to stop after hitting McGuire, police found him by the end of the next day. Pieces of a vehicle at the scene matched a green Kia Soul.
Investigators received a tip of an owner of such a vehicle living on Edgewood Avenue. When officers visited his home, McCausland admitted to driving through the road the same evening.
Christine and Dennis McGuire, the victim’s parents, gave an impact statement in court.
“I have not been the same and I will never be the same,” said Christine McGuire.
McCausland pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including:
- homicide by vehicle,
- accidents involving death or injury while not licensed,
- accidents involving death or personal injury,
- driving while operating privileges are suspended,
- driving at unsafe speeds, and
- reckless driving.
As part of his sentence, McCausland must also pay $23,642 in restitution to McGuire’s family.