GARNET VALLEY, Pa. — Authorities say a man found badly beaten in the trunk of his own car last month has died, and a suspect Pennsylvania investigators say he gave a ride to will face a criminal homicide charge.

Forty-two-year-old Bradley Butler had been charged with attempted homicide after 64-year-old Charles Eget was found Oct. 20 in the car along Interstate 78 in Lebanon County’s Bethel Township.

State police allege that Eget offered Butler a ride, but Butler got nervous at the sight of police cars, beat the victim, forced him into the trunk after a hit-and-run accident, and drove about 100 miles before the car broke down.

A relative told The (Wilkes-Barre) Citizens’ Voice that Eget died Sunday evening. Butler also faces kidnapping, carjacking and other charges. His public defender declined comment Tuesday.

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