Dozens crowd courtroom for hearing in crash that killed Tim Paciello

Robert Sitler ordered to stand trial on vehicular homicide charge

Dozens crowd courtroom for hearing in crash that killed teen

LOWER POTTSGROVE TWP., Pa. - It was standing room only inside a courtroom during a three-hour hearing Friday for a man charged with vehicular homicide.

Robert Sitler, police said, was behind the wheel of a truck that struck Tim Paciello at East High Street and Sunnyside Avenue in Lower Pottsgrove Twp., Montgomery Co., on Nov. 13.

Paciello, a 16-year-old junior at Pottsgrove High School, later died of his injuries.

Paciello's family and many of its supporters turned out for the hearing, in which a judge determined that prosecutors have enough evidence against Sitler for him to stand trial. The Collegeville man was returned to the Montgomery County Prison on $1 million bail.

Denise Dinnocenti, who is charged with insurance fraud and conspiracy in the case, waived her right to a preliminary hearing Friday. Dinnocenti, also of Collegeville, claimed she was driving the truck that hit Paciello because Sitler had a few beers that night, police said.

The couple, police said, convinced two juveniles in the back of their truck to go along with the story.

Dinnocenti remains free on $100,000 unsecured bail. 

Stitler, police said, was convicted of vehicular homicide-manslaughter in Alabama in 2004.

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