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Trucker charged in Pa.

August 16, 1999|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police have filed a careless driving charge against a truck driver involved in a July accident in which a Chambersburg teenager was killed.

The summary traffic charge against James Charles Arrowood, 53, of Chambersburg, was filed on Aug. 9 at District Justice Gary Carter's office, according to a report released by police on Monday.

Arrowood was charged in connection with a July 9 accident that claimed the life of Brandis K. Sanders, 17, of 1279 Third Ave. She died when the 1991 Subaru Justy she was driving was struck by an oil tanker truck driven by Arrowood, the report said.

Sanders was driving south on the 500 block of Warm Spring Road in Hamilton Township when the accident occurred at about 3:40 p.m., according to Trooper Michael Taylor. Arrowood was driving north when another vehicle slowed to turn in front of him, Taylor said.

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Taylor said Arrowood hit the brakes and lost control of the truck, which went into the northbound lane and collided with Sanders' car. The truck, owned by McCleary Oil Co., of 19 W. King St., Chambersburg, overturned, police said.

Police said Arrowood received minor injuries.

Sanders was driving to see a friend at the time of the accident, her mother Deborah Dawson Sanders said in July.

Carter's office said Arrowood had been notified of the charge by summons last week.

According to the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code, a conviction on a careless driving charge carries a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $300.

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