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Driver arrested in connection with fatal crash

By Ryan Hughes, Reporter, RHughes@wfmz.com
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Published On: Aug 06 2014 10:21:31 AM CDT
Updated On: Jul 24 2014 05:03:21 PM CDT

A Berks County man was under the influence of marijuana and numerous prescription drugs when he struck and killed East Penn Manufacturing CEO Sally Miksiewicz last month, police said.

READING, Pa. -

A Berks County man was under the influence of marijuana and numerous prescription drugs when he struck and killed East Penn Manufacturing CEO Sally Miksiewicz last month, state police said.

Troopers took Mark Miller into custody at his home on South View Road in Maidencreek Township around 5 a.m. Thursday.

"An arrest warrant was obtained and he was picked up without incident," said Trooper David Beohm, Pennsylvania State Police.

Miller, 56, was driving his truck approximately 54 mph in a 25 mph zone on Boyer Road in Pike Township around 7:30 a.m. on June 20 when he lost control and struck Miksiewicz as she was jogging near her home, police said.

"He was unable to make the curve and subsequently crossed the road and struck Ms. Miksiewicz," said Beohm.

"The excessive speed along with his actions that day caused him to strike her while she was on the side of the road," said John Adams, Berks County's district attorney.

Miksiewicz, 52, was hit in the back and died at the scene; Miller was not hurt.

Miller did not have alcohol in his system, however, he was under the influence of marijuana and seven different types of prescription medication, including oxycodone, methamphetamine, and clonazepam, police said.

According to court documents, Miller first gave conflicting reports about what caused the crash to both 911 operators and police. Investigators said he was trembling constantly, his speech was noticeably slow and raspy and his eyelids were droopy.

Following an extensive investigation by state police and the Berks County district attorney's office, Miller was charged Wednesday with homicide by vehicle while DUI, driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substance, involuntary manslaughter and related charges. He was committed Thursday to the Berks County Jail on $500,000 bail.

"It is illegal to drive a motor vehicle when you are impaired by prescription drugs," said Adams.

Adams did not know if all the medications were prescribed to Miller. He said his office is still awaiting additional tests.

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At the time of her death, Miksiewicz was the CEO of her family-owned company, East Penn Manufacturing, one of the Berks County's largest employers.

The company, headquartered near Lyons, was founded by Miksiewicz's father, DeLight Breidegam Jr., in 1946.

Miksiewicz spent more than 30 years with the company.

"She was a very well-known and well-liked member of our community and her loss has been very tragic," said Adams.