A Ronks motorist is charged with being under the influence of alcohol and marijuana when he struck and killed a female pedestrian near his home in September.
East Lampeter Township police on Friday charged 31-year-old Craig S. Gomez Jr. with vehicular homicide while DUI and related counts regarding the Sept. 15 crash in the 2500 block of Siegrist Road.
An 82-year-old Ronks woman was killed as she walked westbound on the south berm of the road.
Police determined Gomez, traveling east, was eating a breakfast sandwich when he veered into the grass and struck the woman. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Sergeant Bryan Kondras, with approval from Assistant District Attorney Trista Boyd, also charged Gomez with four counts of DUI and two summary traffic citations.
District Judge Joshua Keller arraigned Gomez and set bail at $75,000, which was not posted.
Blood testing revealed the active component of marijuana, and alcohol, in Gomez’s system. Gomez refused a blood test, so police obtained a warrant for his blood.
After striking the woman, Gomez stayed at the scene and called 911. The first responding officer noticed signs of impairment, and Gomez failed field sobriety tests.
A partially-eaten breakfast sandwich was found in Gomez’s Hyundai.
Gomez, of North Ronks Road, is presumed innocent.
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