- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) - State police say a western Pennsylvania man was in the middle of a text message when he crashed into a motorcycle, killing its driver.

The defense attorney for 53-year-old Thomas Rich, of Smithfield, declined comment Friday on homicide by vehicle, texting-while driving and other charges filed in the May 1, 2013 death of 28-year-old Brian Humbert.

One of Humber’s relatives has already sued Rich and settled that case, but the file has been sealed by a Fayette County judge.

Police say Rich was driving on U.S. Route 119 when he hit Humbert’s motorcycle near the Route 21 off ramp in South Union Township about 6:40 p.m. that day.

Police say Rich acknowledged texting shortly before the crash but denied doing so at the time - but police say they later found a half-written text that hadn’t been sent.

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