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A Lebanon County man has been charged with homicide while driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol in a crash that killed his passenger, a Womelsdorf man, over the summer in northwestern Berks County.

Delson W. Mitchell, 21, whose exact address was unavailable, remained free to await a hearing after arraignment before District Judge Andrea J. Book on Feb. 10, according to court records.

Mitchell was also charged with careless driving and failing to drive at a safe speed in the July 21 crash in Bethel Township that killed Ethan W. Green, 40.

According to police:

The accident occurred shortly after 10 p.m. when Mitchell lost control of the car while southbound on Route 501. The car went down a bank and landed on its roof in a cornfield.

Green was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy determined he died of abdominal injuries and the death was ruled a homicide, according to the county coroner’s office.

Following an extensive investigation, Bethel police filed the charges Feb. 4. Arrest details were unavailable.

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