Hit, Run Driver Pleads Guilty to New Falls Road Crash
Eric Beck was killed when an intoxicated Charles Horrocks struck him along New Falls Road in Bristol Township in winter.
The 24-year-old man who struck and killed Eric Beck with his dark-colored Audi along New Falls Road in Bristol Township plead guilty to homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, failure to stop and render aid and several connected charges Thursday in court, PhillyBurbs.com reported.
Bristol Township resident Charles Horrocks, who had a suspended license at the time, struck 36-year-old Beck as he walked home from a nearby bar where he was celebrating with his brothers. His mother, Michelle, was driving to pick him up when she discovered his body in the roadway.
"I said 'Eric,' and he said 'Mom, squeeze my hand.' That was it, that's all he said to me," Beck said to NBC 10 in the days following the crash.
According to PhillyBurbs, Horrocks had consumed between 6 and 14 alcoholic beverages at a Bensalem bar before he made the fateful decision to drive back to his Bristol home.
After Horrocks struck Beck, he drove away from the scene and hid his car at a storage facility in Fairless Hills.
Police caught Horrocks a shortly after. The article states that police were not able to blood test him to determine how much alcohol was in his system due to the amount of time that had passed.
Horrocks will remain in county jail until he is sentenced. He could be facing up to 13 years in jail.
Michelle Beck has reached out to Sharon Rearick, who is spearheading an effort to get sidewalks installed along busy New Falls Road.