Preliminary hearing postponed for man charged with homicide by vehicle

March 29, 2011
  • David Michael Szumigala
David Michael Szumigala

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — A preliminary hearing Tuesday for a man charged with homicide by vehicle in the death of a Waynesboro, Pa., mother of nine was postponed, his attorney said Tuesday.

Eric J. Weisbrod, the attorney for David Michael Szumigala, said the decision to postpone the hearing was “done by agreement” with Franklin County District Attorney Matthew Fogal.

A new preliminary hearing date has not been set, according to Weisbrod.

Szumigala, 20, of Ocean Springs, Miss., has been charged with 18 criminal counts, including homicide by vehicle and involuntary manslaughter, and driving without a license.

Judithann “Judy” Clement, 45, died of injuries suffered when the Dodge Grand Caravan she was driving was struck by a Chevrolet Impala in a 12:06 a.m. crash on March 17, police said.

Police allege Szumigala was involved in a police pursuit moments before the crash. Police said they broke off the chase when the officer involved in the pursuit crashed into a guardrail on “Beck’s Curve,” an area on Pa. 16 near Renfrew Park and Museum east of Waynesboro.

Szumigala was being held in Franklin County Jail Tuesday night without bail, a jail spokesman said.

— Roxann Miller

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