Jeannette man drowns in Jamaica awaiting fatality trial


JEANNETTE, Pa. -  A western Pennsylvania man who drowned while swimming off the coast of a popular Jamaican resort town was awaiting trial for vehicular homicide in Pennsylvania.

 Greensburg defense attorney Kenneth Burkley tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the dead man was his client, 43-year-old David McCormick, of Jeannette. That's located about 25 miles east of Pittsburgh.

 The Jamaica Constabulary Force said in a statement Sunday that McCormick was swimming off the beach town of Negril when he got into difficulties and "drowned before help could reach him." He had been staying at a nearby resort.

 McCormick had been scheduled for trial in August on drunken driving and vehicular homicide charges stemming from an Oct. 9 crash that killed Francis Cossick of Murrysville.

 Burkley says McCormick was barred from driving while awaiting trial.