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Man Punished For Causing Teen’s Death

Posted on: 3:59 pm, July 29, 2013, by

SUNBURY — A man from Northumberland County will spend time in jail for causing the death of his friend in a car crash.

The family of the victim said that time behind bars is not enough.

Spend any time with Norm Dorsett and you’ll hear from a father who said he’s heartbroken, angry, and frustrated over the justice system.

His son, David Dorsett, 19, was a passenger in a car that crashed in 2012 near Trevorton.  The driver admitted causing his friend’s death.

Kyle Koontz was sentenced as part of a plea agreement. He will spend three months in jail and then six months under house arrest.

That troubles Norm Dorsett, the victim’s father.

“He got away with the murder of my son. What is the law for? Nothing! You can go around killing people and get away with it.” Dorsett said.

Northumberland County District Attorney Tony Rosini told a judge that although Koontz had marijuana in his system, it wasn’t enough to get a conviction on the more serious charges.

Koontz pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and reckless driving.  It bothers Norm Dorsett that other charges including homicide by vehicle were dropped.

“Every night I want to do myself in but I don’t. I have two other kids to live for and my wife,” Dorsett explained.

Ruth Fasold, the victim’s aunt, said losing David is very emotional.

“I think about him every day. He was so funny and I could be so sad and he could make me so happy and he’s not here.”

Kyle Koontz will spend 90 days in the Northumberland County jail and then some time under house arrest, but the judge said after that Koontz should go out to youth organizations telling them how the tragedy affected him and David Dorsett’s family.

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