To serve and do what again????
Homanko, 26, of Beaver Meadows was charged Wednesday with homicide by vehicle and related offenses in the May 12 crash that killed Carola R. Sauers and seriously injured her 64-year-old husband, Michael Sauers, state police said.
A joint investigation by state police and the attorney general’s office determined Homanko was going 113 mph as he chased a yellow car that had illegally passed two vehicles on Route 209, according to court records. During an interview with investigators, Homanko told police he did not think he was going more than 70 mph, according to court records.
An analysis of the police cruiser’s video camera showed Homanko made a left turn from Route 93 onto Route 209 to go after the yellow car, but then his camera “abruptly stops” recording, according to court records. Homanko claimed he did not shut off his camera, records show.
The yellow car was later stopped by Jim Thorpe police and the driver said she never knew she was being chased by a police officer, according to court records. Some witnesses told police the yellow car was quite a distance away from Homanko when he started his pursuit, according to court records.
State police spoke to five witnesses who said they saw Homanko speeding and driving carelessly for no apparent reason, according to court records.
One said he witnessed the police cruiser slide sideways into a car in the opposite lane. The driver of the other car, Michael Sauers, tried to avoid the crash but couldn’t, the witness told police. An accident reconstruction found the rear driver’s side of Homanko’s cruiser struck the front bumper of Sauers’ car.
The witness then walked up to Homanko’s vehicle and said, “What did you do to those people,” according to court records. Homanko responded he was pursuing two people, records show.
The Sauers were both flown by helicopter to St. Luke’s University Hospital in Fountain Hill. Carola R. Sauers, a licensed physical therapy assistant from Hazleton, was pronounced dead at the hospital. Her husband required several surgeries, according to court records.
Homanko was treated and released from the hospital, police said.
Homanko is also charged with aggravated assault by a vehicle, involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, careless driving, driving a vehicle at unsafe speeds and a road violation.
I wonder why anyone would think that an infraction ticket is worth more than a life.