Woman ordered to trial in crash deaths of Warwick students

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A Mount Joy woman is headed to trial for a crash near Warwick High School that took the lives of two students last year.

All charges against Debra S. Slaymaker-Walker were held for court after a preliminary hearing on Monday.

Slaymaker-Walker, 63, is charged with third-degree murder, vehicular homicide, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, and fleeing and eluding regarding the October 26 crash that killed 16-year-olds Jack Nicholson and Meghan Keeney, both Warwick juniors, and seriously injured a third student in the same car.

Police have said Slaymaker-Walker was driving 73 to 77 mph – three times the speed limit of 25 mph – when she tried to go around a line of stopped traffic after school dismissed for the day. Her 2016 Kia Sportage became airborne and overturned on its roof after striking a 2013 Chevrolet Sonic containing the Warwick students.

Six other vehicles were involved in the collision.

During a preliminary hearing on Monday, three police officers testified about Slaymaker-Walker’s driving the moments before the crash. Two officers said Slaymaker-Walker did not stop for flashing lights while another said her vehicle showed that she steered into the car with the students.

Slaymaker-Walker’s attorney, Christopher Tallarico, said his client had her license medically revoked in 2013 but was given it back. Tallarico argued that Slaymaker-Walker was not in control of what was happening at the time of the crash.

Slaymaker-Walker remains under house arrest with electronic monitoring and an unsecured bail of $1 million.

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