Pennsylvania legislature passed an amendment in 2014 that significantly increased a mandatory minimum for anyone who violates 75 § 3742 - Accidents involving death or serious bodily injury. This new law increases the penalty from one year to three years for anyone who violates this section and a death results.
Pennsylvania law currently allows for the imposition of death as a penalty for first degree homicide cases. In order for that penalty to be imposed, the attorney for the Commonwealth must not only prove that a person is guilty of homicide beyond a reasonable doubt, but in a separate proceeding, must also prove the existence of at least one statutory aggravating factor is present.
Pennsylvania law allows a defense to homicide for the use of deadly force under very specific circumstances: