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Local Vehicular Homicide Suspect Apologizes

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LATROBE (KDKA) — A man charged with vehicular homicide in the death of his sister was in court on Monday.

Matthew Lunn, 49, is accused of running a red light and crashing head-on into an SUV as he turned onto Route 30 in Unity, Westmoreland County, back in July of 2009.

“I’m very sorry,” he told KDKA-TV’s Trina Orlando. “I’d like to die a thousand times.”

Lunn’s elderly mother, Velma, was in the courtroom. She and his sister Kelly Mattocks were both passengers in his car and were taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital with serious injuries.

Mattocks died six months later.

“I walked around black car and everybody wasn’t moving, you know?” Joseph Ambrose, a witness, said. “It shook me up.”

Matthew Lunn had a blood alcohol level of .063 at the time of the crash – a level below the legal limit, but he was driving without a license. His was suspended back in May of 2007 as part of his sentence for a previous vehicular homicide conviction in a crash that claimed the life of a Hecla woman.

At the time of that crash, Lunn was on his way home from a methadone clinic and admitted to being under the influence of tranquilizers.

He is being held in the Westmoreland County Jail on $25,000 bond. His hearing was continued and no new date has been set.

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