N. Dakota man charged with homicide by vehicle
A North Dakota man is being charged with homicide by vehicle, a third degree felony, resulting from a Sept. 4, 2011 one vehicle crash on state Route 2010 in Terry Township.
Pennsylvania State Police charged Joseph Gary Jaster, 29, of Grafton, N.D. Thursday for his role in the incident which killed his then 27-year-old passenger, Devon Robert Miller of Bald Knob, Ark.
According to police, the charges are stemming from a crash scene reconstruction report completed by Cpl. Tracy Flynn on Feb. 25 which concluded that at the time of the accident Jaster was traveling 76.58 miles per hour in a 40 mile per hour zone before he lost control and flipped his Ford F-450 which ejected him and partially ejected Miller.
The police affidavit states both men were in the area while working in the natural gas industry.
Neither men were wearing their seat belts at the time of the accident.
In addition to the felony charge, Jaster is facing summary traffic violation charges for not obeying traffic control devices, failing to stay in his lane, speeding, and two counts of operating a vehicle without a seat belt.
Jaster was arraigned on Thursday before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton, where he was released on $5,000 unsecured bail.
Jaster is now facing a preliminary hearing before Judge Wheaton on May 21.
Tim Zyla can be reached at (570) 265-1634; or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.