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Woman pleads guilty to homicide while driving under the influence in death of Waynesboro teen

June 18, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — A woman criminally charged in the July 2010 vehicle crash that killed a Waynesboro, Pa., teenager entered guilty pleas Monday in the Franklin County (Pa.) Court of Common Pleas.

Mary E. Bonebrake, 55, of Mont Alto, Pa., pleaded guilty to homicide while driving under the influence and aggravated assault, according to Franklin County District Attorney Matt Fogal.

The plea agreement calls for a sentence of three to six years on the homicide charge, Fogal said.

Online court documents indicate Judge Richard Walsh is scheduled to sentence Bonebrake on Aug. 9, what would have been the first day of her trial.

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

Bonebrake’s defense attorney did not return a message left at his office Monday.

In February, Dr. Paul Orange of Fayetteville, Pa., testified during an evidentiary hearing about Bonebrake’s medical records from his family medical practice. He said that on the day of the crash his staff gave the woman an injection of Phenergan for nausea associated with a persistent migraine.

Bonebrake had a driver with her at the appointment and knew from previous injections she was not supposed to drive after receiving the shot, Orange testified.

Bonebrake surrendered her driver’s license Monday, online court records state.

Angalena, who had recently completed her junior year at Waynesboro Area Senior High School, was a passenger in one of the two vehicles involved in the head-on collision. She was on the school’s cheerleading squad and enjoyed restoring her antique car.

Angalena was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Chelsey Elizabeth Nichols, who was taken to Washington County Hospital after the crash.

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