It was a gruesome way to die when s man suffocated his girlfriend after intentionally crashing his car into a guardrail at about 100 miles per hour in the middle of the night, authorities reported.
Last Friday, the Police have filed homicide and other charges against 19-year-old Benjamin Daniel Klinger for the death of Sammi Heller. The murder took place at an interstate near Manheim, in south-central Pennsylvania. Klinger was accused of crashing on purpose, then sat on Heller’s face until she asphyxiated.
Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman told the Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era that at first glance, the incident appears as another tragic vehicle accident. However, the police working hand-in-hand with our forensic experts discovered that this was far more complicated, sinister and certainly criminal.
In her obituary, Heller was a senior at J.P. McCaskey High School and described in as an athletic and a lover of motorcycles and horses.
According to the authorities, Heller had previously confided to a friend that Klinger tried to scare her while driving and that he had threatened to kill them both in a crash. A witness reported to the detectives that Heller even said that Klinger would push her into walls and once pushed her down a set of stairs, police alleged.
Investigators looked into the possibility that Heller may have been pregnant of Klinger’s unborn child, but the newspaper reported that an autopsy showed she was not pregnant.
Arresting affidavit attested that the truck driver who came upon the 2 o’clock morning crash heard Heller screaming. When the police arrived, they saw Klinger was sitting on top of Heller’s head and torso.
Police wrote in the affidavit that they observed that Klinger appeared to be slipping in and out of consciousness because he would close his eyes for several seconds, moan, and then reopened them while continuing to be positioned on top of the victim’s head and torso with the face of the victim down.
Medical records, investigators later concluded Klinger was feigning being unconscious. Detectives saw marijuana, cash, a digital scale, a pipe, pills and a black air pistol from the wreckage.
Klinger was also charged with the following: aggravated assault, drug offenses and driving violations.
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