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July 1, 2014

Driver in fatal crash heading to state prison

MIDDLEBURG — A Sunbury woman who served 14 months in the Snyder County Jail for a 2010 vehicular homicide conviction is headed to state prison for admittedly violating conditions of her probation.

Appearing before President Judge Michael T. Hudock on Tuesday by video from the Snyder County lockup, where she’s been held since her arrest in Bloomsburg in January on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and providing police with a false name, Jessica M. Curry admitted she violated conditions of her probation stemming from the Jan. 17, 2009, crash on Routes 11-15 in Shamokin Dam that killed her friend, Jason J. Noll, 20, of Sunbury, and injured the driver of a second vehicle, Cynthia Scheib, of Herndon.

Curry was using illegal solvents by huffing dust remover just before the fatal collision.

She served a little more than a year, but following her release, she failed to keep up with restitution payments and was given an additional 60 months of probation.

Curry, 26, was still on probation when she got in trouble with the law in Bloomsburg.

According to a plea deal, Curry will be evaluated by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections to determine if she is eligible for the state intermediate program, which provides treatment and counseling to inmates serving time.

Until last year, offenders convicted of personal injury crimes were not eligible to participate in the intermediate program. Defendants convicted of violent or sex offenses still are not eligible.

“It’s an appropriate sentence,” said District Attorney Michael Piecuch. “She doesn’t need to be warehoused, but she does need the next step of accountability.”

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