PennDOT driver gets probation in fatal 2011 crash - abc27 WHTM

PennDOT driver gets probation in fatal 2011 crash

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A PennDOT dump truck driver will spend two years on probation for causing a fatal crash two years ago on Route 11/15 in Perry County.

Parke Hoover, 63, of Millerstown, pleaded guilty Monday to a single count of reckless endangerment, a second-degree misdemeanor.

Hoover was about to go on trial for seven counts related to the crash in Watts Township, but all other charges - including felony counts of homicide by vehicle and aggravated assault by vehicle, were dismissed as part of a plea deal.

Hoover on Aug. 2, 2011 was driving a PennDOT dump truck and was making a U-turn on Route 11/15 at the Amity Hall on-ramp when he struck a Ford Crown Victoria, killing Hui Satorius of Washington state and injuring her five-year-old daughter.

He initially was cited for unsafely moving a vehicle and pleaded guilty to the summary offense, but state police and the Perry County District Attorney's Office filed the seven additional charges in March 2012.

District Attorney Chad Chenot said all parties agreed to the plea deal due to the expectation of a lengthy appeal.


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