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An Upper Macungie Township man who was under the influence of marijuana when he caused a fatal 2021 crash in Upper Macungie Township will serve 4-20 years in state prison.

John Frederick Fifield, 21, pleaded guilty May 6 to charges including homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence and aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence.

On Dec. 19, 2021, Fifield was driving an SUV more than 80 mph in a 55 mph zone on westbound Hickory Lane in Upper Macungie when he hit a vehicle traveling south on Snowdrift Road.

The driver of that vehicle, Benjamin Bleiler, was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife, Erin Bleiler, suffered serious injuries, including multiple fractures to her spine, face and ribs.

Bleiler’s two sons were in the vehicle but were not injured.

Fifield’s blood tests showed the presence of THC, an active ingredient in marijuana.

Fifield was sentenced Friday by Lehigh County Judge Anna-Kristie M. Marks.

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