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Pa. man charged in fatal crash

May 03, 2000|By RICHARD F. BELISLE, Waynesboro

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police have charged a Chambersburg man with vehicular homicide in the April 5 death of Annabelle G. Young, 60, in a head-on collision on U.S. 11 near State Line, Pa.

According to records in District Justice Shirley Shatzer's office Wednesday, Thomas H. Brooks, 34, of 522 S. Main St., was charged with an accident involving death while not being properly licensed and homicide by vehicle. He also was charged with three traffic offenses, including failure to use turn signals, failure to yield the right of way and having no driver's license.

Trooper Angel L. Garcia was the investigating officer.

Brooks is free pending his arraignment, which is scheduled for May 30 at 2:30 p.m.

The accident occurred around 7:05 a.m. on U.S. 11 South just north of Interstate 81 Exit 2.

Young died at the scene. Her 14-year-old twin grandsons, who were on their way to school, were in the car with her. The boys were taken by ambulance to Washington County Hospital with minor injuries.

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According to court records, Brooks was driving south in a Chevrolet Blazer when he attempted to make a left turn in front of Young's Oldsmobile Delta 88.

State police interviewed three witnesses, two of whom were following Brooks in the southbound lane and one who was following Young's car in the northbound lane.

According to police, Brooks told them in an interview conducted in the emergency room of Washington County Hospital on the morning of the crash that he had borrowed the Blazer to go to a nearby gas station to get soda. Police alleged he said he was in the southbound lane when he tried to make the turn into the gas station and did not see any other vehicle coming in the opposite lane.

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