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‘We Lost Two Family Members:’ Charges Filed in Deadly Wreck

FELL TOWNSHIP — Police in Lackawanna County issued an arrest warrant for a man formerly of Simpson.  Dwight Sharp has been charged for a crash that killed...
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FELL TOWNSHIP -- Police in Lackawanna County issued an arrest warrant for a man formerly of Simpson.  Dwight Sharp has been charged for a crash that killed his girlfriend back in December.

Flowers, mementos, and a picture of Jennifer McClinton have hung on Main Street near Simpson since December. And they will remain there.

McClinton's family members admit that even though months have passed since her death, the latest news in McClinton's case brings them little closure.

Jennifer McClinton's boyfriend of five years, Dwight Sharp, has been charged with homicide by motor vehicle and DUI for the crash the killed McClinton.

They were driving on Main Street less than half a mile from the apartment home the couple shared for two years with McClinton's cousin Alicia Kitchen.

"We all still care about him. We love him. We know that this wasn't done on purpose, by any means. It's difficult. It's kind of like we lost two family members instead of just one," Kitchen said.

McClinton's family told Newswatch 16 that though they care for Sharp, they have lost touch with him since the crash in December.

Kitchen said the couple was drinking at a party in Carbondale before the crash.

According to court papers, Sharp was going 68 miles an hour in a 25 mile an hour zone. Tests showed his blood-alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit.

For McClinton's family, justice comes at a price and with a warning about the dangers of drunk driving.

"She was probably the goofiest, best person I've ever come across in my life and I'm thankful that I've gotten to spend this past two years with her and my family misses her dearly," Kitchen said.

Sharp turned himself in to police in New Jersey Tuesday evening. There is no word when Dwight Sharp will appear in Lackawanna County court.