Fifth continuance granted in case of Pa. woman charged in fatal crash

Next scheduled court appearance for Mary Ellen Bonebrake will be Feb. 27

January 18, 2012|By ROXANN MILLER |

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — For the fifth time, a continuance has been granted in the case of the woman charged with vehicular homicide in the July 2010 crash that killed a Waynesboro teenager.

 Mary Ellen Bonebrake's attorney, Wayne Bradburn of State College, Pa., sought a fifth continuance Wednesday in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas. That request was not opposed by Chief Deputy District Attorney David Rahauser, but he said the case needs to proceed.

"Time is of the essence. This is the fifth continuance," Rahauser said. "We need to get moving toward a resolution, and we need to get to a trial date."

The next scheduled court appearance is Feb. 27 at 2 p.m.

Bonebrake, 54, of Mont Alto, Pa., did not attend Wednesday's status hearing.

According to court officials, the court excused Bonebrake.

Before the short court session, a closed-door meeting took place between Bradburn and Rahauser in one of the third-floor conference rooms.

Bonebrake 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.

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.

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