Trevorton teen arraigned on homicide by vehicle charge
SUNBURY - One count of homicide by vehicle was filed Monday against a Trevorton man stemming from a fatal accident in Upper Mahanoy Township.
Aaron W. Rothermel, 22, was arraigned Monday before Magisterial District Judge Benjamin Apfelbaum and released on $25,000 unsecured bail.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Feb. 18.
Rothermel was driving a 1998 Nissan Sentra west on Schwaben Creek Road (Route 3010) near Leck Kill Jan. 19, 2013, when the vehicle drove off the west shoulder and struck a tree with its front passenger side, state police reported at the time.
Jared J. Wood, 18, of Trevorton, was a passenger in the vehicle. He suffered fatal injuries and died the next day at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.
Reports from the scene indicated Wood may have had his head out of a vehicle window when the accident occurred.
Rothermel and another passenger, a Trevorton male who was 17-years-old at the time, escaped injury.
Police said none were wearing seat belts.
The vehicular homicide charge is a third-degree felony. Rothermel is also charged by Trooper Daniel Wilk, state police at Stonington, with misdemeanors of possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of driving under the influence of a controlled substance, involuntary manslaughter and two counts of recklessly endangering another person.
Summary offenses filed against Rothermel are registration card not signed, disregard of traffic lane, careless driving, reckless driving, failure to use a safety belt.