Monroe Pick-Up Truck Driver Acquitted of Vehicular Homicide

Posted on: July 10th, 2012       Attorney Thomas Newell

On March 23, 2010, a Monroe County PA jury found a Tannersville PA pick-up truck driver not guilty of vehicular homicide charges.  As described in the Pocono Record, the Monroe County pick-up truck driver drove thru a red light on May 25, 2008 at an intersection on Route 611 in Swiftwater.  The Tannersville resident hit a car driven by a Mountainhome PA woman.  She was taken from the scene to Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown.  The Monroe County resident died several hours later.

Criminal charges were filed against the pick-up truck driver.  While he was convicted of careless driving and failing to stop at a red light, he was acquitted of the criminal charges related to the victim’s death.  The defense’s position was that he wasn’t aware that the light had turned red on Rt. 611 until it was too late to stop.  In essence, his attorney admitted that there was negligence but denied any criminal conduct or intent.