Driver charged in crash that killed 2 heading to wedding

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FILE – Ina this Nov. 14, 2018 file photo, firefighters work to extinguish a fire in a tractor-trailer accident on I-78 at mile marker 33.4 in Windsor Township that killed two people who were driving to their wedding. Authorities say a truck driver has been charged with vehicular homicide in the fiery crash last fall. […]

HAMBURG, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a truck driver has been charged with vehicular homicide in a fiery crash last fall that killed a couple driving to their wedding in Pittsburgh.

State police say 24-year-old Jaspreet Singh Chahal of Fresno, California is also charged with reckless endangering and summary counts including careless and reckless driving in the Nov. 14 crash on Interstate 78.

The Reading Eagle reports that police in Berks County allege that he was distracted by a cellphone conversation and didn’t see traffic stopped ahead of him before striking another vehicle, killing 35-year-old Kathryn Schurtz of Jersey City, New Jersey and her fiance, 42-year-old Joseph Kearney.

Court documents don’t list an attorney for Chahal and a message could not be left Wednesday at a number listed for him.
 

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