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Woman pleads not guilty, waives arraignment in fatal July crash

Mary Ellen Bonebrake faces numerous charges including homicide by vehicle while driving under influence

February 23, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — A woman charged with vehicular homicide in the July 2010 crash that killed a teenage girl entered not guilty pleas and waived her arraignment scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in Franklin County (Pa.) Court, doing both by mail.

Mary Ellen Bonebrake, 53, of Mont Alto, Pa., is charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI, driving under the influence of a controlled substance, disregarding traffic lanes, careless driving and reckless driving.

No information was available Wednesday regarding further scheduling of her case. Neither defense attorney Philip Masorti nor prosecutor David Rahauser returned calls to their offices.

Angalena K. Robinson, 16, of Waynesboro, Pa., was killed in the July 29 crash near the intersection of Mentzer Gap and Tomstown roads in Quincy Township, Pa.

In court documents, police say a witness called 911 when he saw a gray Pontiac, driven by Bonebrake, swerve several times and hit a mailbox. He told police he saw the vehicle go through the stop sign at Furnace and Tomstown roads, then cross the center line and hit the other vehicle, a green Mitsubishi Eclipse, head-on.

Blood drawn from Bonebrake showed several prescription drugs in her system, including Butalbital, Oxazepam and Temazepam, Trooper Shaun Maher wrote in an affidavit of probable cause.

The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania defines arraignment as a proceeding in which an accused person appears before a judge to hear the criminal charges filed against him or her and to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.

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