Blotter: Fatal accident, strangulation, overdose, burglary, theft

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Bethel Township

Residential Burglary – On Aug. 3, 2020 at 8:21 p.m., PSP Jonestown troopers responded to the 00 block of Althouse Ln. for a burglary that was no longer in progress. An unknown Actor had entered the property by unknown means the fled via a vehicle in an unknown direction.

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East Hanover Township

Fatal Vehicle Accident – On July 8, 2020 at 2:07 p.m., this crash occurred as Unit 1, a 2019 International Harvester LT625, driven by Operator 1, Charles Reid II, a 60 year old Jacksonville, FL man, was traveling south on I 81 South in the left lane approaching mile marker 86.7. As a result of slowed/stopped traffic on I 81 South (reference incident # PA2020-950294 – Disabled Tractor/Trailer I 81 South mile marker 82.2), heavy rainfall and poor visibility, Unit 3, a 2016 Peterbilt 579, driven by Operator 3, a 51 year old Midlothian, VA man, and Unit 6, a 2018 Ford F-150XLT, driven by Operator 6, a 53 year old Mt. Airy, MD man, accompanied by Passenger 1, a 14 year old Ijamsville, MD male, were stopped in the left lane on I 81 South, just south of mile marker 82.7, with Unit 6 located in front of Unit 3 and Unit 4, a 2014 Kenworth Northwest T800, driven by Operator 4, a 30 year old Dothan, AL man, being stopped in the right lane along the right side of Unit 3’s trailing unit.

Unit 5, a 2001 GMC 2500HD pickup/utility trailer, driven by Operator 5, a 44 year old Landisburg man, which was originally in the left lane immediately behind Unit 3, had quickly moved left over the left shoulder and into the center grass median, after Operator 5 observed a tractor/trailer (Unit 2, a 2007 Kenworth Northwest T680, driven by Operator 2, a 34 year old Sedalia, MO man) approaching his location from the rear and did not believe that vehicle (Unit 2) would be able to stop safely. Unit 2 was able to slow/stop in the left lane prior to striking the rear of Unit 3’s trailing unit at this moment, being in the approximate location where Unit 5 had just been.

Witness 1 was traveling in the left lane, approaching the area of I 81 South, prior to mile marker 86.7, at a slower rate of speed (as a result of heavy rain and poor visibility), with Unit 1 traveling behind her vehicle (same direction), with both of their vehicles approaching Unit 2’s, Unit 3’s, Unit 4’s, Unit 5’s, and Unit 6’s current locations. Witness 1 wished to move her vehicle from the left lane into the right lane but was unable to do so safely after observing Unit 1 move from the left lane into the right lane and proceed to pass her vehicle on the right side at a higher rate of speed. Unit 1 passed Witness 1 in the right lane and then changed lanes from the right lane to the left lane, in front of Witness 1’s tractor/trailer.

As Unit 1 was moving into the left lane, the left front end of Unit 1’s tractor struck the rear end (right side) of Unit 2’s trailing unit in the left lane, almost immediately after Operator 2 had been able to bring his tractor/trailer to a stop. Unit 2 was pushed forward, striking the rear of Unit 3’s trailing unit with its (Unit 2) tractor’s front end, followed by Unit 2’s trailing unit going airborne and traveling sideways (jackknife/overturn to the left) into the center grass median along the left shoulder. Unit 2’s trailing unit continued sideways (overturning to its left) until its left side struck the top of Unit 5’s trailing unit’s rear end, resulting in Unit 2 coming to final rest with its tractor in the trailing unit.

Unit 5 came to final rest in the center grass median, facing southwest, after its trailing unit was struck/trapped by the left side of Unit 2’s trailing unit. Unit 1 continued forward, being mostly in the left lane and partially straddling the center dotted line when it struck the left rear end of Unit 4’s trailing unit with its (Unit 1’s) between the left and right travel lanes (mostly within the left lane), with the cab portion of Unit 1 being partially detached from its frame, facing south in the left lane. Unit 4 remained approximately in the same location post-impact as it was located pre-impact, coming to final rest in the right lane, facing southwest. Unit 3 traveled forward a short distance, after being struck by the front end of Unit 2’s tractor and struck the rear of Unit 6 with the front end of its (Unit 3’s) tractor in the left lane. Unit 3 came to final rest mostly in the left lane with the tractor’s left front end on the left shoulder, facing southwest. Unit 6 traveled forward a short distance in the left lane on I 81 South after being struck by Unit 3, however, Operator 6 was able to drive his vehicle onto the left shoulder, just prior to the crossover located on I 81 South at approximately mile marker 86.6, coming to final rest under its own power, facing southwest.

Witness 1 brought her Unit to final rest under its own power on I 81 South, in the left lane, just prior to Unit 1’s and Unit 2’s location of point of impact (mile marker 86.7). Witness 2 was stopped in the left lane at the I 81 South mile marker 86.6 crossover, just southwest of this crash’s location. Witness 3 was stopped in the left lane on I 81 South, approximately six to seven vehicles behind Witness 1. This was the scene upon the trooper’s arrival. Operator 1 was pronounced deceased on scene by the coroner. Operator 2 was transported via EMS to the WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital for evaluation after reporting injuries of unknown severity. There were no other injuries as a result of this crash. (Editor’s note: Operator’s 1 name is included as this was a fatal crash.)

Retail Theft – On July 14, 2020 at 1:36 p.m., this incident occurred as PSP Jonestown conducted a traffic stop on a Honda on the 800 block of I 81 South after observing numerous traffic violations. During the stop, indicators of criminal activity were observed and a consent search was conducted. A large amount of U.S. currency and suspected stolen items were seized. Investigation is ongoing.

Vehicle Accident – On Aug. 3, 2020 at 10:28 a.m., this crash occurred on SR 443. This crash occurred as Unit 1, a 2010 Kawasaki, Unit 2, a 2001 GMC Sonoma, and Unit 3, a 2006 Suzuki 750, were traveling west along SR 443. Unit 2 attempted to make a left turn into a driveway. Unit 1, traveling at a high rate of speed, struck the rear of Unit 2 and lost control. Unit 1 struck Unit 3 while in an uncontrolled state. Unit 1 was towed from the scene by Zimme’s Automotive. Operator 1 was transported to Hershey Medical Center via Penn State Life Lion.

Jackson Township

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Vehicle Accident – On Aug. 3, 2020 at 5:03 p.m., this crash occurred as Unit 1, a 2015 Honda Odyssey, and Unit 2, a 2012 Honda Odyssey, were traveling east on SR 422 near its intersection with North Locust St. Unit 1 was traveling behind Unit 2. Unit 2 was stopped in the eastbound travel lane due to traffic conditions ahead. Operator 1, for an unknown reason, did not observe Unit 2 stopped in the travel lane and, in doing so, struck the rear end of Unit 2. Unit 1 sustained scuff marks to the front bumper. Unit 2 sustained scuff marks to the rear bumper. Both Operator 1 and Operator 2 were wearing their seatbelts at the time of this crash and reported no injuries. No airbags were deployed as a result of this crash. Both Operators were issued a Non-reportable Drivers Exchange Report and an Application to Receive a Copy of the Crash Report (SP 7-20015TX) on scene.

Harassment – On Aug. 2, 2020 at approximately 6:31 p.m., PSP Jonestown responded to the 300 block of Woleber Rd. for a report of an inactive domestic. Investigation revealed that the Arrestee, a 46 year old Myerstown man, slapped the Victim, a 34 year old Myerstown woman. The Arrestee was issued a Non-traffic Citation for Harassment. PSP is investigating.

Lebanon City

Strangulation – On July 31, 2020 at approximately 11:55 a.m., PSP Jonestown troopers responded to the WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital, located at 252 South 4th St., for a report of injuries sustained from a domestic incident. It was revealed that the Victim, a 27 year old Richland Borough woman, sustained suspected minor injuries from a domestic incident that occurred on July 29, 2020 at approximately 11:00 p.m. in Richland Borough. The Arrestee was Branden Weir, a 25 year old Richland Borough man. PSP is investigating.

Reckless Endangerment – On July 29, 2020 at 12:00 p.m., this incident occurred as a 1 year old Fredericksburg male suffered a burn on his right elbow caused by a propane torch lighter on South 4th St.

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North Lebanon Township

Drug Possession, Traffic Violations – Destiny Heist, a 24 year old Lebanon resident, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and traffic violations after a traffic stop on Mar. 9, 2020 at North 7th St. and Cherry St.

DUI – Guy Styer, a 51 year old Wernersville resident, was charged with Driving Under the Influence after striking a pole in the 1,000 block of East Maple St.

Unauthorized Use Of An Automobile – Ashli Curry, a 47 year old Lebanon resident, was charged with Unauthorized Use of an Automobile after an incident that occurred June 27, 2020 in the 1,800 block of Martin Dr.

Union Township

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Theft – On Aug. 3, 2020 at 6:34 p.m., PSP was flagged down by the Victim, a 32 year old Frederick, MD woman, on SR 72. The Victim reported she was riding with an unknown male who had left her at the above location. The Victim reported when she entered the convenience store, the unknown male left. The Victim reported her belongings were still inside the vehicle when it drove away in an unknown direction. PSP is investigating.

Vehicle Accident – On Aug. 2, 2020 at 6:24 p.m., this single-vehicle crash occurred as Unit 1, a 2002 Dodge Dakota, was traveling east on I 78 East, west of mile marker 1.4. As Unit 1 was traveling east on I 78, Unit 1 traveled off the right shoulder of the roadway. At this time, Unit 1 rotated 90 degrees and impacted a tree with the 3 o’clock position on the vehicle. Unit 1 came to final rest off the right shoulder of I 78 East at mile marker 1.4., facing north. Physical evidence of the crash includes that Unit 1 sustained damage to the 3 o’clock position on the vehicle. Operator 1 was mailed an SP 7-0501 form. Operator 1 received a citation for VC 1543 Driving While Operating Privilege is Suspended and VC 1786 Required Financial Responsibility.

Overdose – On July 31, 2020 at approximately 6:48 p.m., PSP Jonestown received a call for a 28 year old York male that was unresponsive on SR 72 at Union Twp. PSP Jonestown troopers arrived on scene as EMS was loading the W/H-M, 28 year old, into the ambulance. The caller, who was the male’s girlfriend (W/N-F), related that she did not know what the male had taken. Upon an interview at the Good Samaritan Hospital, the male individual related that he took two Percocet that he bought from Lebanon City earlier that day.

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