The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


January 27, 2014

Williamsport police officer to be charged in fatal crash

— WILLIAMSPORT — A police officer is facing charges stemming from a car crash that killed another motorist.

Lycoming County’s top prosecutor said Williamsport police Officer Jonathan Deprenda will be arraigned Tuesday on charges of homicide by vehicle and involuntary manslaughter.

District Attorney Eric Linhardt said the charges follow a state police investigation into the Jan. 12 crash that killed James David Robinson.

Investigators said Deprenda was traveling 88 mph on a street with a 35 mph speed limit when his cruiser struck Robinson’s car from behind. They said Deprenda had activated his lights and siren and was headed to assist another officer who had a suspect at gunpoint.

Robinson’s car struck a utility pole and fire hydrant before slamming into a vacant house, setting both on fire.


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