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PRESS RELEASE – Neumann to Host Pennsylvania Senate Majority Policy Committee Discussion on DUI Repeat Offenders

May 7th, 2019

Mother and father of Brookhaven resident Deanna Eckman, who died earlier this year in a tragic accident involving a highly intoxicated driver, are among witnesses set to testify  


ASTON, PA – On Monday, May 13 from 11 am to 1 pm, Neumann University’s Center for Leadership will host the Pennsylvania Senate Majority Policy Committee for a public roundtable discussion of ways to address the problem of chronic and repeat DUI offenders.

The committee meeting was requested by Senator Tom Killion (R-Delaware/Chester) following the tragic death of Deana Eckman, who died in a car crash in February 2019 at the hands of a driver who is now facing his 6th DUI and was driving on a suspended license.  Deanna’s husband suffered severe injuries in the accident as well.

Individuals who will testify and participate in the Senate Policy Committee hearing include Deanna’s parents, Richard and Roseanne DeRosa; District Attorney Kat Copeland, and representatives from the Pennsylvania State Police, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Parents Against Impaired Driving, and the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association.

WHAT:             Senate Majority Policy Committee Hearing on Chronic and Repeat DUI Offenders


WHO:               Senator David Argall, Chair of the Senate Majority Policy Committee

Senator Tom Killion

The parents of Deanna Eckman, Richard and Roseanne DeRosa

Delaware County District Attorney Kat Copeland

Lt. James J. Hennigan, Commanding Officer, PSP Troop K-Delaware County

Debbie D’Addona, Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Chris Demko, PA Parents Against Impaired Driving

Nolan Ritchie, Executive Director, Senate Transportation Committee

Traci Plunkett, State Representative Stephen Barrar’s Office

Colleen Eckman, State Representative Chris Quinn’s Office

Greg Rowe, Director of Legislation and Policy, PA District Attorneys Association


WHEN:        Monday, May 13

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.


WHERE:     Neumann University

1 Neumann Drive

Aston, PA 19014


NOTE: This program is being held in the Student Multi-Purpose Hall at the Mullen Communications Center on Neumann University’s Campus.



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