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Pa. woman charged in homocide

July 25, 2000

Pa. woman charged in homocide



By DON AINES / Staff Writer, Chambersburg


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police have charged a Fayetteville, Pa., woman in a fatal crash last month in Greene Township.

Charges of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter and two summary traffic violations were filed Monday at District Justice Larry Meminger's office against Mary Jane Hunt, 26, of 683 Pine Mountain Road, police said.

The charges stemmed from a Saturday, June 10, accident on Mount Cydonia Road in which a motorcyclist, William John Schwartz, 41, of 648 Pine Mountain Road, Fayetteville, was killed.

Schwartz was killed when his 1998 Ultra Legacy motorcycle collided head-on with a 1989 Pontiac Sunbird police allege was driven by Hunt.

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The affidavit of probable cause alleges Hunt left the scene of the accident on foot before state police arrived. The affidavit said she was told to go home by an officer of the Fayetteville Volunteer Fire Co. who responded to the crash. She was returned to the scene and charged at that time with driving under the influence, according to police.

The affidavit alleges Hunt had a blood alcohol content of 0.13 percent. The legal limit in Pennsylvania is 0.1 percent.

The most serious offense, homicide by vehicle by driving under the influence, is a third-degree felony. Conviction carries a minimum mandatory state prison sentence of 2 1/2 years.

According to a clerk at Meminger's office, Hunt will be arraigned on the new charges at a later date and her preliminary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 8.

In a separate report, police said Hunt was charged with a hit-and-run accident that occurred Wednesday, July 19, on Pa. 995. The report said the driver of a 1997 Dodge pickup was traveling south at about 1 a.m. when it struck a bridge abutment at the Conococheague Creek then went into a yard and struck a tree.

The driver left the scene before police arrived, according to the report.

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