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Drunken Driver Who Killed Motorist, 64, Gets 3 to 6 Years

April 2, 2018

Contact: David A. Keightly Jr., 215.348.6342, dakeightly@buckscounty.org

Samuel Dick
     Samuel M. Dick

A young man who killed a 64-year-old motorist while driving drunk and speeding was sentenced this morning to serve three to six years in state prison.

Samuel M. Dick, 22, pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle while DUI and several lesser offenses in the June 27, 2016, death of William Hogan in Middletown Township.

In imposing the sentence, Bucks County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey G. Trauger accepted the recommendation of a plea agreement between Deputy District Attorney David A. Keightly Jr. and defense attorney Thomas Joachim.

Hogan was killed at about 11:30 p.m. when Dick’s speeding Acura struck his Cadillac El Dorado as Hogan was turning left from Frosty Hollow Road onto Upper Orchard Drive.

The speed of Dick’s vehicle was calculated to be between 59 and 65 miles per hour in a 30-mph zone. The impact sent both vehicles sliding across the wet roadway into a utility pole.

Dick, of the 100 block of Heartwood Road, was knocked unconscious and taken to St. Mary Medical Center. Testing of blood drawn there showed a blood alcohol concentration of .124 percent, as well as the presence of marijuana metabolites.

Hogan, of the 3900 block of Windsor Drive in Bensalem, was affectionately known as “Hippie Bill” among his neighbors, several of whom spoke in court today. They described him as an eccentric but caring man who reached out to help people who were struggling.

“He turned his house into several small, furnished apartments and took in homeless people, drug-addicted people, anyone who needed help,” said Dana Millard, a young stay-at-home mother of two. “He got them jobs, drove them to rehab, made them doctors’ appointments. Bill gave, gave and gave.”

Hogan’s death left “a hole in my soul that cannot be filled,” Millard said. She told Dick that she hoped he would learn and grow from his mistake so that she could think of her friend again with a smile.

“I know Bill would want me to forgive you,” she said, turning to look at Dick. “So here I am. I forgive you.”

Dick also admitted to two subsequent offenses – one in which he resisted arrest after becoming involved in an altercation at his home while drunk, and another when he gave police a false identification after a traffic stop. Trauger gave him one-year concurrent probationary sentences for both.

Dick told Trauger he has no memory of the fatal crash or the events immediately preceding or following it. He said he has been in counseling to deal with his “sadness and guilt,” and that he is striving to become a better person.

“In honor of William Hogan, I’ve tried to live a more responsible life,” Dick said.

In accepting the terms of the plea agreement, Trauger called it “just and fair to all parties.”

To Dick, he said, “I trust that you believe that there is redemption … You have [most] of your life in front of you. I don’t think you will ever forget this. But it could be a motivational factor on your behalf to try to help others avoid the type of mistake you made.”

The case was investigated by the Middletown Township Police Department and the District Attorney’s Crash Investigation Team.

Office of the District Attorney
Bucks County Justice Center
100 N. Main Street
Doylestown, PA 18901 
Phone: 215-348-6344 
Fax: 215-348-6299

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