Man pleads guilty to 3rd-degree murder for killing woman while driving drunk, high

John McDevitt
August 15, 2019 - 5:47 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 pleads guilty to third-degree murder for killing a woman while driving drunk and high in February. 

Wearing a dark prison jumpsuit, David Strowhouer of Newtown Square pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and related charges for the DUI head-on crash in Upper Chichester that killed 45-year-old Deana Eckman on Feb. 16. 

Eckman's husband Chris was seriously injured. 

The defendant had five prior DUIs. This is his sixth one.

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Deana Eckman's parents, Richard and Roseann DeRosa of Brookhaven, were in court.  

"Everyday you wake up and you think, 'is this the day the nightmare is over?' And it never is," Richard said. 

The family is working with lawmakers to strengthen DUI penalties.

"We are working on Deana's law with Sen. Killion and Shannon Moyer and people from Harrisburg to try to change the laws a little bit. I think after your third time it should be a game changer. The courts should look at you differently and the penalties should be stronger," said Roseann.

Strowhouer's sentencing date is scheduled for Nov. 14.