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Funeral held for Pa. teen killed in Sunday crash

August 08, 2008|By DON AINES

HUSTONTOWN, Pa. -- Pennsylvania State Police in Fulton County have charged a Hustontown man with providing beer to a teenager who was involved in a fatal accident Sunday morning in Taylor Township.

Ronald Lee Robinson, aka Charlie Robinson, 51, of 175 N. Hess Road, was charged with four counts each of corruption of minors, recklessly endangering another person and selling or furnishing alcohol to minors, according to the criminal complaint filed Wednesday with Magisterial District Judge Devin Horne.

Corruption of minors is the most serious charge. It is a first-degree misdemeanor with a five-year maximum sentence. Robinson was in Franklin County Jail Thursday night on $50,000 bond.

Joshua Timothy Wilt Jr., 14, of Hustontown, died Sunday morning in a one-vehicle crash on North Hess Road, police said. Wilt, pronounced dead at Altoona (Pa.) Regional Hospital, was a passenger in a vehicle driven by a 17-year-old boy, who also was injured, police said.

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Joshua's funeral was held Thursday in Hustontown. He would have entered his sophomore year at Forbes Road High School this year, according to his obituary.

"No one made a move. They just stood there and remained quiet" at the conclusion of the funeral, said Joshua's grandmother, Mona Keebaugh of Wells Tannery, Pa. "It looked like all of Forbes Road High School was there" for the viewing at the M.R. Brown Funeral Home on Wednesday, she said.

Joshua's father, Joshua Wilt Sr., and two uncles filled in the grave at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Shade Gap, Pa., along with some of the boy's friends, Keebaugh said. Joshua Wilt Jr. was her son's only child, she said.

The affidavit of probable cause stated that the driver told police he had gone with Robinson to the K&K Budget Beer Outlet on Great Cove Road in Fort Littleton, Pa., on Saturday afternoon. The boy gave Robinson $10 toward a case of beer, police said.

Robinson and the boy then returned to Robinson's house and drank beer before they went to a home on the 300 block of North Hess Road to pickup up two girls, ages 16 and 14, police said. They then went back to Robinson's home and drank more beer, police said.

Police said Robinson also provided beer to Wilt, though Blair County Coroner Patricia Ross said Wilt did not have drugs or alcohol in his system.

Robinson's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 8, according to Horne's office. No charges have been filed against the 17-year-old driver, a member of Horne's staff said.

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