Driver in deadly Susquehanna County crash pleads guilty to reckless endangerment
Anthony Borrelli, email@example.com | @PSBABorrelli Published 10:07 a.m. ET Sept. 13, 2017 | Updated 1:20 p.m. ET Sept. 13, 2017
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On the eve of trial, a Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty Tuesday in connection with a crash in January 2015 that killed a U.S. Marine from North Carolina on a Susquehanna County road.
Arlan Taft, 60, from Tioga, Pa., will be sentenced Oct. 27 in Susquehanna County Court after pleading guilty to reckless endangerment charges. On Monday, a jury had been seated for his anticipated trial that included more serious charges of homicide by vehicle.
U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Andrew Stevens, 27, was killed in the Jan. 2, 2015 crash near the intersections of Routes 29 and 3004 in Springfield Township. A 2005 graduate of Elk Lake High School, according to his obituary, Stevens’ 9 ½ years of service in the U.S. Marine Corps included tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.
According to Pennsylvania state police, Taft was operating a 2006 International water truck that rear-ended Stevens, who was driving a Dodge Durango that had stopped behind a Kenworth truck at the intersection.
Taft’s vehicle was unable to stop downhill, troopers said, and the impact sent both vehicles west, causing the Durango to crash its front end into the Kenworth trailer.
The Durango and the International truck caught fire, and Stevens was pronounced dead at the scene, according to troopers.
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