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New Bedford man charged with vehicular homicide

A man from New Bedford, PA, just outside of Pulaski Township in Lawrence County, has been charged with vehicular homicide of an Ohio woman.

The 62-year-old man who lives on Route 208 across from the Tanglewood Golf Course was charged by North Beaver Township police after an accident that killed a 68-year-old woman from New Middletown, Ohio. The two-vehicle accident happened on January 11 at the intersection of PA/OH State Line Road and PA Route 317 (West Poland Road) / Ohio Route 630 (East Calla Road). 

The criminal complaint filed with the district judge is alleging that the man was heading northbound along the PA / OH border on State Line Road when he ran a stop sign at the PA Route 317 / Ohio Route 630 intersection and smashed into the woman's westbound vehicle that was being driven by the victim's husband.

The victim died at the scene of the accident and her husband was Life-Flighted to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, though he survived. The suspect was taken to Jameson Memorial Hospital in New Castle, but was never admitted as a patient.

The formal complaint says that the suspect admitted to police that he failed to stop at the intersection. Additional charges, such as aggravated assault with a vehicle, involuntary manslaughter, and careless driving have been filed as well.

The issue with that particular intersection has come to the attention of local authorities who decided to petition PennDoT to add warning markers prior to the stop signs, which PennDoT installed last week.

Source: New Castle News, "Man charged in deadly accident" 25 February 2014

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