Lawrenceville man arraigned in homicide by vehicle case
Roegester Grays, 46, of Lawrenceville, Pa., is facing multiple charges - including homicide by vehicle - following a March 1 car accident that claimed the lives of 35-year-old Ryan J. English and his wife Karen E. English.
Grays was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox Friday on two counts of first-degree felony aggravated assault and two counts of second-degree homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence. Grays has also been charged with aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence, homicide by vehicle, driving while under the influence of alcohol, driving while under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and four summary traffic violations.
In total, state police brought 16 charges against Grays during his arraignment.
According to the affidavit, eyewitnesses informed the authorities that Grays was traveling west on state Route 328 in Wells Township when, as he approached the intersection with Curren Lane, his vehicle crossed into the east bound lane and into the path of Ryan English's vehicle. The cars then collided head on, according to reports. English's vehicle then spun into the west bound lane and rolled onto its roof, police said.
Police said both Ryan and Karen English were found deceased when they arrived. Bradford County Coroner Thomas Carman pronounced the two dead at 5:47 p.m. and an autopsy revealed that both died of multiple traumatic injuries as a result of the collision, police said. Three children seated in the rear of English's car survived the accident, but were seriously injured.
Grays was transported by helicopter to the Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira with serious injuries.
That night, police interviewed multiple Arnot Ogden employees as part of their investigation of the crash.
Police said Emergency Room Physician Dr. Joseph Haluska said that members of his staff told him Grays had an odor of alcoholic beverage after his arrival at the hospital. Haluska ordered his staff to draw blood on Grays before medical treatment began, police said.
In addition to this testimony, police were told by Emergency Room Medical Assistant Morgan Conwell that while tending to Grays, he noticed a orange colored pill fall out of Grays pocket. Conwell told police he believed the pill was a muscle relaxer.
Police then interviewed Grays that night and also noticed a smell of alcohol from his breath. During the interview, Grays told police that he had taken a prescribed muscle relaxer earlier in the day, but denied consuming alcohol or a controlled substance, the police affidavit said.
Grays then agreed to submit to a police blood test while at the hospital. The results showed Grays had a blood alcohol content of .065 percent at 9:20 p.m., over four hours after the accident occurred. The blood sample also contained the controlled substance Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril), police said.
The police affidavit also states that family members of two of the children that were in English's vehicle at the time of the accident suffered moderate injury that included broken bones and internal injuries requiring multiple surgeries.
On March 13, police executed a search warrant on Grays' vehicle that was involved in the accident and found a clear zip lock bag containing one hand rolled cigarette that tested positive for marijuana.
At Gray's arraignment Friday, he was remanded to the Bradford County Correctional Facility in lieu of $500,000 bail and is scheduled to appear before Judge Wilcox again on Sept. 25 for a preliminary hearing.
Tim Zyla can be reached at (570) 265-1634; or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.