Driver in Wells Twp. crash charged with homicide by vehicle
TROY - The driver in an April 5, 2012 fatal crash on Coryland Road in Wells Township has been charged with homicide by vehicle and homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, according to court papers filed at the office of Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy.
Wilcox said that Richard Carl Long, 31, who has an Indiana, Pa. address and also a 20 Fairbanks Ln., Columbia Cross Roads address, was arrested and arraigned Monday and placed in Bradford County Correctional Facility after failing to post $100,000 bail. Wilcox said that Long faces a preliminary hearing at 1 p.m. March 20.
In an affidavit, Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Richard Evans stated that the passenger in Long's Ford F350 truck in the 11:25 p.m. crash was Corry A. Suman of Columbia Cross Roads. The state police report from April 2012 on the accident stated that the 25-year-old Columbia Cross Roads woman was pronounced dead at Arnot Ogden Hospital in New York following the crash.
Police have charged Long with unintentionally causing the death of Suman, his girlfriend.
According to Evans, Long stated that he was not drinking prior to the crash, but "smoked pot" approximately 2-3 days before the accident.
The affidavit notes that a forensic blood alcohol/drug screen was done on Long's blood specimen, and a cannaboid class substance compound was detected above the minimum quantity limits.
In the crash, the truck was traveling south on State Route 4031, crossed into the northbound lane, crossed back into the southbound lane, and went off the road, according to the affidavit.
The truck went off the west side of the road and struck a tree with its right front and then came to rest with its rear tires in the southbound lane and its front tires off the roadway, facing west. The entire southbound lane was blocked by the rear of the vehicle.
Long was also charged with careless driving, driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substance, and a lane violation.
The crash took place in front of the residence of 6778 Coryland Rd., police said.
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