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Man enters plea in crash that killed 2 in October

December 23, 2003|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man charged with five vehicle code violations in an October crash that killed two people entered a plea earlier this month and paid fines totaling $803.50, according to records at District Justice Gary Carter's office.

Ronnie L. Hartman, 48, of 3219 St. Thomas-Edenville Road was charged by Pennsylvania State Police with the summary violations in the Oct. 9 accident that killed K Donald Fields, 69, of 563 S. Fourth St., Chambersburg, and Mary M. Urich, 75, of Camp Hill, Pa.

Fields was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Urich died later that day at Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center.

Police said the accident happened at 4:11 p.m. near the intersection of Warm Spring and Angle roads in Hamilton Township. Fields was driving a 1992 Jeep Cherokee north when it was struck by a southbound Dodge Ram pickup and trailer driven by Hartman.

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Police charged Hartman with not having properly registered the combination truck and trailer, which had a gross vehicle weight of more than 10,000 pounds. The fine for that violation totaled $503.50, according to records at Carter's office.

Hartman also was charged with failing to drive at a safe speed, failing to drive on the right side of the road, having no inspection for the trailer and for not having a functioning breakaway brake system on a trailer with a gross weight of more than 3,000 pounds. Each of those violations resulted in a $75 fine, according to court records.

Hartman wrote "no contest" on the citation documents, but a staff member in Carter's office said no contest pleas are not allowed for summary violations and they were entered into the record as guilty pleas.

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