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Robert Sitler Jr. arrested for homicide by vehicle, insurance fraud after fatal pedestrian accident in Montgomery County

By Nancy Dougherty, WFMZ.com Reporter, NDougherty@wfmz.com
Published On: Dec 10 2012 01:15:41 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 11 2012 07:24:52 AM CST

Homicide charges in Lower Pottsgrove

LOWER POTTSGROVE TWP., Pa. -

Police in Montgomery County have filed homicide charges in connection with a deadly pedestrian accident that killed a 16-year-old boy last month.

Police have charged Robert Norman Sitler Jr., of Collegeville,with homicide by vehicle, insurance fraud, false reports, speeding, and related charges in connection with the death of Timothy Anthony Paciello Jr. on Nov. 12.

The accident happened around 9 p.m. as Paciello was crossing E. High Street near Sunnyside Avenue in Lower Pottsgrove Twp.

After the crash, Denise Dinnocenti, also of Collegeville, told police she was the driver of the pickup truck that hit Paciello and that Sitler was a passenger in the front seat. Dinnocenti and Sitler had also allegedly told the two children in the back seat to tell police that she was the driver.

She told police that she said she was the driver because Sitler had consumed several beers and because he had been convicted of vehicle homicide-manslaughter in Alabama in 2004.

On the day after the crash, Dinnocenti and Sitler filed an insurance claim stating she was the driver at the time of the accident, police said.

Dinnocenti is charged with insurance fraud, unsworn falsification to authorities, false reports, corruption of minors, conspiracy and other related charges.

Paciello was a junior at Pottsgrove High School.