Tractor-trailer driver pleads not guilty in 2013 Elysburg crash
RALPHO TOWNSHIP - The driver of a tractor-trailer truck involved in a four-vehicle crash more than a year ago has pleaded not guilty to several charges stemming from the collision that seriously injured two people.
David P. McGuinn, 54, of Paxinos, was cited for careless driving and two counts of unlawful activities in connection with a March 25, 2013, accident on Route 54 near Farnsworth Camping Center.
The crash left Richard Shaw, of Johnson City, N.Y., confined to a wheelchair. Shaw said in an interview last summer in which he criticized Ralpho police for not having filed charges at that time that he and his wife, Brenda, suffered some 25 broken bones.
The careless driving offense was filed by Ralpho Township Sgt. Chris Kreisher, while the other two counts were filed by Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. George Ritchey March 20 at the office of Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones, Mount Carmel. All three are summary offenses.
McGuinn is scheduled for a hearing at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, before Jones. He is being represented by attorney Marc Lieberman, of Elysburg.
Earlier this month, Ritchey and Kreisher filed a misdemeanor of recklessly endangering another person and 16 summary equipment violations against Joshua Seth Kovaschetz, 34, of 2273 Mile Hill Road, Sunbury, owner of Kovaschetz Trucking LLC, P.O. Box 301, Sunbury. Kovaschetz is the owner of the tractor-trailer operated by McGuinn that was involved in the accident.
According to a report issued by township police, Richard Shaw was driving a Ford Mustang east about 2:30 p.m. when it was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer driven by McGuinn.
The collision forced the Mustang into the westbound lane, where it collided head-on with a Toyota Prius driven by David L. Wolfe, of South Sixth Street, Shamokin. The Prius was subsequently rear-ended by a Dodge Dakota driven by Ricardo Contreras, of Hart Road, Danville.
The Shaws and Wolfe were extricated from their vehicles by emergency responders. Wolfe and two passengers, his wife, Judith Wolfe, and their son, David, all suffered injuries.
McGuinn and Contreras were not injured.