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PA Buggy crash suspect had DUI

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January 26, 2010 11:57 pm

MILTON — A Boyertown woman charged with driving off after crashing into a horse-drawn buggy Dec. 27 told a district judge Tuesday that she was once convicted for drunken driving.
Jessica Fenstermacher said little beyond her comment about the 2004 conviction in Lehigh County during her arraignment before District Judge William F. Kear in Milton.
Fenstermacher faces three felony charges related to the crash in which a 4-year-old girl’s leg was broken on Route 54 in Delaware Township, Northumberland County.
State police at Milton say Fenstermacher hit the buggy, sending it onto its side, and leaving Levi Glick, 27, his wife, Mattie, 24, and two children waiting to be taken to the hospital. They charged her with an accident relating to death or injury, careless driving and not providing information.
Fenstermacher stared straight ahead as the charges were read.
“Do you understand the charges against you?” Kear asked.
“Yes,” she replied.
Fenstermacher claimed in reports that she didn’t know she hit the buggy until she heard it on the news the next day. That’s when she said she decided to call the Union County Communication Center to report she thought she may have been involved in the accident.
A Milton state police spokesman said her account was difficult to believe.
“I doubt you would hit a buggy and not know what it was,” trooper Matt Burrows said last week. “Someone that has nothing to hide would stop and wait for the authorities.”
It is unclear why Fenstermacher was in the Valley at the time of the accident.
“It’s none of your business,” she said as she left the courtroom.
Fenstermacher’s preliminary hearing is Feb. 4.
The Dec. 27 crash was at least the fifth between an automobile and horse-drawn buggy in the Valley 2009. The accidents injured at least 11 people and claimed the life of a 7-year-old Winfield boy in October near New Berlin.

Re: PA Buggy crash suspect had DUI

Not to excuse behavior,(NOT AT ALL),but rural Pa has lost so much industry. Since I live in it and am surrounded by it, I think that people are beginning to flounder. That said, I believe this could be contributing to the recent upswing in the vehicle/buggy crashes. I am thinking that people that are "lost" and would not ordinarilly drink,may be doing so to escape their current hardships. I do not say this to say they are right,or should be forgiven for the crimes...just that the surge seems to point to something bigger...perhaps beyond our "control". Just my opinion,and observations of course.