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Pa. man arraigned in fatal crash

January 29, 2003|by RICHARD BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The driver charged this week following a Nov. 1 accident that caused the death of a Tennessee woman was arraigned Tuesday before District Justice Larry Pentz in Waynesboro.

Peter M. Shumway, 22, of 117 Garfield St. in Waynesboro, was released on $15,000 bond and placed in a pre-trial release program.

Under terms of the program, Shumway will have to follow a curfew, submit to random sobriety tests and take part in any drug, alcohol or mental health programs ordered by authorities, Pentz said.

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"It's another way to get him to stay around," Pentz said.

Pentz set a preliminary hearing for Shumway for Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. in his office.

Waynesboro Police on Monday charged Shumway with one count of an accident involving death or personal injury and a summary traffic violation.

The charges stem from a Nov. 1 accident at the intersection of West Main and South Potomac streets. Court records allege that Shumway ran a flashing red light and struck a GMC van.

Quiguang Bifang Dong, 50, of Crossville, Tenn., a passenger in the van, died of injuries sustained in the crash.

The driver of the van and three other passengers suffered minor injuries, court records said.

Shumway, who was driving a Volkswagen Jetta, fled the scene on foot, court records 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," the charging documents said.

If convicted, Shumway faces a prison term of from one to seven years and fines of up to $2,500.

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