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Suspect in DUI crash that killed Lt. DeVoe believed to have been on PCP

Charges against 19-year-old Khanyae Kendall were upgraded to Homicide by Vehicle and Homicide by Vehicle While Driving Under The Influence after the lieutenant died of his injuries March 11.

The woman accused of hitting Harrisburg Fire Lieutenant Dennis DeVoe and fleeing the scene is now facing upgraded charges, according to officials.

Charges against 18-year-old Khanyae Kendall were upgraded to Homicide by Vehicle and Homicide by Vehicle While Driving Under The Influence after the lieutenant died of his injuries March 11.

Homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a minimum of three years in prison,

Meanwhile, homicide by vehicle not driving under the influence has a seven year maximum sentence, but no minimum sentence.

"This was entirely preventable" says Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico. Marsico going on to say, "We take any case for homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence seriously, regardless of who the victim is."

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Police say Kendall allegedly ran a stop sign in a stolen car at Walnut and 14th Street March 10 and hit the lieutenant's car as he was responding to a fire a few blocks away.

Kendall allegedly fled the scene before police arrived on scene.

She was found a few hours later after she went to the hospital complaining of minor injuries from a car accident, police say.

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Authorities say she provided false information about what occurred and where it happened.

Police say Kendall was given a field sobriety test and showed signs of impairment. The affidavit says that Kendall "seemed generally confused and had a difficult time following basic instructions."

Kendall is believed to have been under the influence of PCP/Phencyclidine, but she did refuse a blood test, according to police.

Police determined she was the suspect in the earlier incident and arrested her. Kendall does not have a driver's license, according to police.

Lt. DeVoe was taken to the hospital where he died the next day, officials say.

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Lt. Devoe was returning from a funeral for a fellow firefighter when he responded to a fire at Lexington Street and Reel Lane where five people were injured, including four children.

Two of the girls severely injured in the fire later died of their injuries.

Kendall is currently being held on $1 million bond and it set to appear in court on March 30.

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