A Florida woman will serve up to 15 years in prison for being intoxicated during a 2014 crash in East Lampeter Township that killed a woman and seriously injured a man.
Patricia Halgash will serve 4 years and 3 days to 15 years in state prison regarding trial conviction on counts of vehicular homicide while DUI, aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI, and DUI.
Lancaster County Judge Jeffery Wright scolded Halgash on Thursday for lying under oath during her trial and called her conduct at the scene of the crash “callous.”
Sharon Mulhatten, 71, died in the March 13, 2014, crash on Old Philadelphia Pike, near Chateau Hill. Her son, Troy Mulhatten, 54, sustained many injuries, including a torn aorta and broken leg.
Halgash had been drinking at a bar not far from the scene of the crash. She also told police she had taken prescription medications.
Her Mercedes veered into oncoming traffic on Old Philadelphia Pike and struck Mulhatten’s Chevy Caprice nearly head-on.
On Thursday, Assistant District Attorney Maria Cusick countered Halgash’s claims that her primary concern after the crash was the safety of the Mulhattens.
Halgash, Cusick said while reciting trial testimony, retrieved her personal belongings from her own vehicle and did not call 911.
Judge Wright also stressed that, saying Halgash went to the Mulhattens’ vehicle, saw the condition of the two occupants and left them without calling for help.
“Rarely have I seen conduct more callous than that,” the judge said.
East Lampeter Township police Officer Bryan Kondras filed charges.
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