Man in jail after fatal drunken driving accident

Jim Melwert
February 20, 2019 - 12:16 pm
30-year-old David Strowhouer from Woodside Lane in Newtown Square

Delaware County District Attorney's Office


DELAWARE COUNTY, Pa. (KYW Newsrasio) — A 30-year-old Chester County man is behind bars, charged with a deadly drunken-driving crash. Authorities say he’s been convicted of five previous DUI’s, not including this one. 

Investigators say David Strowhouer, from the Willistown section of Newtown Square, was behind the wheel when his Dodge Ram pickup crashed head-on into a Subaru Sedan on Market Street in Upper Chichester around 9:30 Saturday night.

One passenger in that Subaru was killed, another seriously injured.

Delaware County District Attorney Kat Copeland says Strowhouer ran away after the crash, and when investigators found him, he smelled like alcohol and appeared to be drunk. She says he tried to blame it on his cousin.

"Detectives learned, in fact, his cousin had not been the driver, that he was in Puerto Rico at the time of the crash," Copeland said.

Copeland says Strowhouer had been with family before the crash.

"He was mourning the loss of his own mother, and it was her funeral on that day, and he spent much of the day drinking," she said.

Copeland says this would be Strowhouer’s sixth DUI, which means he is facing a mandatory minimum of seven years in prison, but stresses that is just a minimum.