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Camp Hill Crash

Brandon Robert Baker, 35, of Etters, pleaded guilty to felony homicide by vehicle while DUI and misdemeanor DUI for a fatal crash in Camp Hill in December 2016 that killed Diana Davidson and her two dogs.

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DUI murder case moves closer to trial

Around 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20, 2016, Diana Davidson, 66, of Camp Hill, was walking her two dogs along the Camp Hill Bypass when a motorist struck her.

Davidson and her dogs were killed in the crash, according to police.

In June 2017, Brandon Baker, 35, of Etters, was charged in connection to the crash.

Police said Baker had a blood alcohol content of 0.276 percent, more than three times the legal limit, at the time of the crash, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Camp Hill Police. Baker was charged with felony third-degree murder, homicide by vehicle while DUI, three counts of misdemeanor DUI, reckless endangerment and several summary traffic violations.

As an explanation for his apparent intoxication, Baker told police he had taken two shots of vodka after the crash, according to police. However, witnesses refuted the claim and said they saw Baker driving erratically prior the crash, police said.

A crash reconstruction determined Baker was traveling 65 to 70 mph in the 35 mph zone at the time of the crash, according to police.

Since The Sentinel last reported on the case, Baker has been working his way through the criminal justice process.

His case was held over to common pleas court in June 2017.

In May 2018, Baker was granted a motion to act as his own attorney and has been doing so ever since, according to court records. He has filed numerous motions, including one motion to exclude expert testimony that landed him in hot water with the court.

In denying his request to exclude the testimony, Judge Jessica Brewbaker wrote that Baker was “overwhelming the system by filing duplicate and excessive motions,” according to court records.

He is no longer allowed to file motions without approval from an attorney who has been appointed to assist on the case.

Baker is next scheduled to appear in front of Brewbaker at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 15 for a pretrial conference.

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