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Driver charged in fatal Pa. crash

January 28, 2003|by STACEY DANZUSO

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A Waynesboro man is facing charges in a Nov. 1, 2002, traffic accident that killed a Tennessee woman.

Waynesboro Police on Monday morning issued an arrest warrant for Peter Matthew Shumway, 22, charging him with one count of an accident involving death or personal injury and a summary traffic violation, according to charging documents filed with District Justice Larry Pentz.

Shumway, of 117 Garfield St., Waynesboro, was expected to turn himself in to Waynesboro Police Monday night or Tuesday morning and to be arraigned, Pentz said.

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The charges stem from a Nov. 1 accident at West Main Street and South Potomac Street in which a car ran through a flashing light at the intersection and struck a blue GMC van at 12:16 a.m., according to the affidavit of probable cause.

The van overturned, killing passenger Quiguang Bifang Dong, 50, of Crossville, Tenn., the affidavit said.

The van's driver, Qi Guang Guo, was treated at Waynesboro Hospital, along with two female passengers in Shumway's vehicle, the affidavit said.

Shumway, who was driving a red Volkswagen Jetta, fled the scene on foot, the affidavit alleges.

The charging documents allege Shumway "did walk away from or failed to remain at the scene and fulfill his duty to give his information and render aid to others in the accident."

Witnesses told police the Volkswagen had gone through the flashing red signal and collided with the van, according to the affidavit.

A conviction on a charge of an accident involving death or injury carries a mandatory minimum sentence of one year in prison and a $2,500 fine and a maximum penalty of seven years in jail and a $15,000 fine, Pentz said.

For the summary traffic offense of running the flashing red light, the penalty is a $25 fine, he said.

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