We\’re following a bizarre developing story this morning. A man dressed in a Santa Claus costume was struck and killed Saturday night on Interstate 95 by a driver who police say was DUI.
The man in the Santa costume was hit at approximately 10:31 p.m. in travel lanes on I-95 between Callowhill and Vine Streets.
Police said the victim was rushed to a hospital but died, and they later identified him as Adam Herr, 24, of Lebanon, Pa.
The driver of the striking vehicle, Augustine Bangura, 27, of Philadelphia, was driving under the influence, according to police.
via Police: Man In Santa Suit Struck, Killed By DUI Driver On I-95 – Philadelphia News, Weather and Sports from WTXF FOX 29.
A hit-and-run crash in Adams County left a woman dead and a suspected drunk driver behind bars.
Carroll Valley police said around 7 p.m. Thursday, 38-year-old Melissa Ann Huff and her boyfriend were loading a dead deer into their Jeep along Fairfield Road.
Police said a box truck crashed into the back of the vehicle, killing Huff.
Police said they found the box truck a short distance away and then located the driver, Jeffrey Moser, 50, hiding in the brush near his home.
Moser was arrested for drunk driving and driving under DUI suspension.
read more here > Woman killed by suspected DUI driver while loading deer – abc27 WHTM.
Police say 22-year-old Anthony Ortiz of Coatesville was driving a 99 Ford Mustang on Route 322 east of Romig Road in West Bradford Township on Friday around 7:45 p.m.
Ortiz was allegedly driving erratically westbound in the eastbound lane when he struck a motorcyclist head on. Police say the impact caused the Mustang to crash into a 2008 BMW.
The motorcycle rider, identified as 35-year-old Ian Mann of Downingtown, was killed in the crash.
Officials say Ortiz was driving under the influence at the time of the accident. He was arrested and charged with Homicide by Vehicle while DUI. He is currently being held in the Chester County Prison.
via Motorcyclist Killed in DUI Crash: Police | NBC 10 Philadelphia.
Sgt. Thomas Winkis, 45, is charged with homicide by vehicle, driving under the influence, involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment. Earlier in the day, he was suspended from the force for 30 days and according to a police press release, Commissioner Charles Ramsey does intend to fire Winkis at the end of that time period.
The charges and suspension come nearly two weeks after Winkis’ car slammed into a van driven by David Farries. The accident happened about 11:30 at night on September. 14 in Northeast Philadelphia when both men were approaching the same intersection.
Farries, 55, was thrown from the van, hospitalized and died three days later.
read more here > DUI, Manslaughter Charges For Officer in Fatal Accident | NBC 10 Philadelphia.
Millcreek Township police charge that a Waterford Township man was legally drunk, had drugs in his system and was speeding when the van he was driving swerved off Peach Street and struck a pedestrian, killing the man on July 3.
Police on Friday filed 19 charges against John M. Petersen, 49, in the accident that killed Bryon A. Long, 27.
Long was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which happened shortly before 2:30 a.m. on July 3. Petersen, of the 10800 block of Route 19, was not injured.
read more here > Millcreek police charge Waterford Township man in fatal pedestrian crash | GoErie.com/Erie Times-News.
A Lawrenceville, Pa., man was charged with DUI in a double-fatal car crash in March.
On Sept. 6, state police completed the investigation into the crash.
Roegester Grays, 45, was found to be under the influence of alcohol and had a small amount of a controlled substance at the time of the crash.
Grays is in Bradford County Jail on $500,000 bail.
According to Pennsylvania State Police, Grays was intoxicated when he struck a 2012 Chevrolet Suburban head-on while traveling on State Route 3028 in Bradford County on March 1.
The driver and a passenger of the Suburban, Ryan English, 35, and Karen English, 32, were pronounced dead at the scene.
There were three children in the Suburban.
via Police: Man who caused double-fatal crash was drunk | WBNG-TV: News, Sports and Weather Binghamton, New York | Local.
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and Lower Merion Police Superintendent Michael J. McGrath have announced the filing of charges against Meredith Williams-Earle, 30, of Bryn Mawr.
The charges stem from an Aug. 6 crash at Spring Mill Road and Morris Avenue in Bryn Mawr where Williams-Earle struck a van, killing the driver, a Valley Forge Flower Company employee, Winston Staats, 72, of Conshohocken.
via Bryn Mawr woman charged with DUI in fatal crash that killed Conshohocken man – delcotimes.com.
Francis Thomas Roscioli was drunk when the SUV he was driving early Sunday morning struck and killed a West Easton pedestrian on Lehigh Drive in Easton, court papers say.
Bearded and wearing a gray prison jumpsuit, Roscioli, 21, of the 2400 block of Hay Street in Wilson Borough, appeared this morning before District Judge Elizabeth Romig-Gainer and was arraigned on charges of homicide by vehicle while driving drunk, involuntary manslaughter and related offenses, court papers said. He was sent to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $500,000 bail.
He is accused of striking and killing Abraham Rivera, 35, of the 100 block of Spring Street in West Easton, who was walking west on the eastbound shoulder of Lehigh Drive.
read more here > Francis Roscioli, 21, of Wilson Borough, charged in death of pedestrian from West Easton | lehighvalleylive.com.
A New Hope woman was charged Wednesday with homicide by vehicle while DUI for allegedly causing the death of a motorcyclist in Solebury Township last month.
Nancy Smith, 49, of Riverstone Circle, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.288, more than three times the legal limit after the 10:30 a.m. crash on July 16, police said.
She told investigators that she drank the night before, waking at 4 a.m. to do housework after only a few hours of sleep, according to the criminal complaint filed against her.
Witnesses told police that Smith’s SUV struck a motorcyclist while she was turning from Route 202 into the Logan Square Shopping Center, the criminal complaint said. Her 15-year-old daughter was in the car with her, police said.
The motorcyclist who died was Maximiliano Urzua, of Ontario, Canada.
via New Hope woman charged with DUI in death of motorcyclist.
A 59-year-old Jim Thorpe woman riding on the back of a motorcycle was killed in a collision with a car Sunday night on Route 309 in Carbon County.
Debra L. VanPatten was a rear passenger on a motorcycle when it collided with a car about 10:15 p.m Sunday on Route 903 in Penn Forest Township near the Jim Thorpe border, state police in Lehighton said.
A state police news release said both drivers are suspected of driving under the influence.
The motorcycle driver, Paul G. Herman of Jim Thorpe, and the car driver, Steven McKenzie of the 100 block of W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe, were both traveling north on Route 903 when the crash occurred, state police said.
Carbon County Coroner Bruce A. Nalesnik said an autopsy is being scheduled for VanPatten. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which remains under investigation.
via Jim Thorpe fatal motorcycle accident Route 903 – mcall.com.
A western Pennsylvania man has been jailed on drunken driving, vehicular homicide and hit-and-run charges after police say he left the scene after running over a jitney driver who was standing outside his vehicle.
Allegheny County detectives were called after Leetsdale police first responded to the scene about 3 a.m. Sunday.
That’s where police found the jitney driver, 67-year-old Charles Britt, of Penn Hills, dead along the side of the road. Britt was reportedly outside the vehicle arguing with one of his passengers when a sport-utility vehicle driven by 41-year-old Shontelle Harvey passed.
Harvey, who is from Moon Township, told police he realized he had hit someone or something accidentally, but was afraid to stop because he was already on probation for another crime.
via Jitney Driver Killed by Drunk Driver in Hit-and-Run | NBC 10 Philadelphia.
A man is behind bars Sunday morning after a deadly ATV accident in Armstrong County.
State police said Jason Toy, 39, was killed on Saturday after his quad veered off a road and struck a tree in Buffalo Township. Sidney Ford was operating the ATV that killed Toy.
Police have charged Ford with driving under the influence and illegally operating an ATV on a state road.
via Fatal ATV accident in Armstrong Co. leads to DUI charge | www.wpxi.com.
A teenager was killed and a woman injured after they were struck by a drunk driver while fishing.
According to Pennsylvania State Police in Mercer, 15-year-old Austin Rife and Stephani Rife, 37, of Kettering, Ohio were fishing along the shoreline of a farm pond on Old Ash Road in Mercer County just before midnight Thursday when they were struck.
A police report states Brittany Raskowsky, 25, of Grange Hall Road in New Castle was driving a 1996 Ford F-150 pickup truck south on Springfield Township road when she traveled off the road and through a field striking the two.
Austin Rife died from injuries sustained in the accident. His mother was taken to Grove City Medical Center with moderate injuries.
Raskowsky was arrested for DUI and later released to family. Additional charges are pending.
via Teen hit, killed while fishing | WKBN First News.
A Hunting Park man who drove into a utility pole early yesterday in a wreck that killed a passenger has been charged with drunk-driving, involuntary manslaughter and vehicular homicide, police said.
Jacoby Sumpton, 22, of 9th Street near Pike, was held on $300,000 bail and faces a July 31 preliminary hearing.
He was driving south on Roosevelt Boulevard just before 4 a.m. when he lost control of his white Chevy Impala near Fifth Street, drove up the curb and hit a utility pole, said Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman. The crash left one passenger, 25, dead and two other passengers, ages 20 and 24, hospitalized in guarded condition at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Russell said. Sumpton suffered minor injuries and was treated and released.
Police haven’t released the name of the man killed in the wreck.
via Driver in one-car fatal wreck charged with DUI, homicide.
Kaleb Baum was at an outdoor party in northern Indiana County early Sunday morning when he watched a pickup truck carrying what he called “my best friends” go off the road and into a pond.
Despite efforts by Mr. Baum and three friends — as well as other onlookers and emergency personnel — three young men died.
Deputy Coroner Jerry Overman identified the deceased as Sean Johnathan Titus, 20, Zane Michael McMillen, 19, and Cody Allen Brink Douglas, 18, all of Kittanning. He said the men had been at the party, left, and returned at 12:28 a.m. when the crash occurred.
read more here > Three young adults drown following party in Indiana County – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.