Vehicular homicide hearing waived
SUNBURY - The Trevorton driver charged in connection with the death of a passenger in January 2013 waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday.
Aaron Rothermel, 22, was ordered by Magisterial District Judge Benjamin Apfelbaum to appear for plea court at 1:15 p.m. Monday, April 21, at Northumber-land County Courthouse in Sunbury.
At that time he can plead guilty or no contest, or plead not guilty and seek a trial.
Rothermel is charged with vehicular homicide, a third-degree felony. He is also charged 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. he faces various summary motor vehicle offenses as well.
Police said Rothermel was driving a 1998 Nissan Sentra west on Schwaben Creek Road (Route 3010) near Leck Kill in Upper Mahanoy Township Jan. 19, 2013, when the vehicle went off the west shoulder and struck a tree with its front passenger side, state police reported.
Jared J. Wood, 18, of Trevorton, a passenger in the vehicle, suffered fatal injuries and died the next day at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.
The charges were filed by Trooper Daniel Wilk of the Stonington state police barracks. Wilk was not at the Feb. 18 re-scheduled preliminary hearing because he had a scheduled day off, not due to mixing up the court date as reported originally to The News-Item by Apfelbaum's office.
Rothermel is on house arrest with unsecured bail of $25,000.
He is allowed to leave his house for work, religious ceremonies, legal proceedings, attorney meetings and issues dealing with his health, Apfelbaum said.