DELAWARE POLICE BEAT William T. German killed John Crothers in high-speed DUI-drugs blowout; record reveals hot-head with lead foot and history of terror driving

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Rt. 40 crash William T. German DUI drugs Del State Police June 18, 2017. Photo courtesy of First State

DELAWARE POLICE BEAT William T. German killed Delaware man in high-speed DUI-drugs blowout; record reveals hot-head with lead foot and history of terror driving

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The Delaware State Police released the names of the operator hit by William T German as Jacquelyn Scott-Crothers and the passenger that died in the fatal crash east of Bear, as John Crothers.

BEAR, DELAWARE – A Pennsylvania man with a traffic record of mayhem and madness, combined with weak prosecutors in court remained on the road when he should have been in jail; now he is charged with killing a Bear man when he blew a red light at a high rate of speed on US 40.

The Delaware State Police reports that their Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred on June 18, 2017.

The preliminary investigation has determined the incident occurred around 2:35 p.m. Sunday, June 18, 2017, as a 61-year-old female from Newark, was operating a 2011 Kia Soul with a 74-year-old male passenger, turning left from US 40 westbound onto Glendale Boulevard southbound.

Police say that this vehicle had the green arrow signal and the right of way. Traffic in the straight lanes of US 40 in both directions was stopped for a red traffic signal. A 2011 Kia Optima was operated by William T. German, 25, of Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania and police say German was traveling at a reported high rate of speed on the right shoulder of US 40 eastbound.

The shoulder became the right turn lane for Glendale Boulevard and William T. German proceeded straight into the intersection against the red light. 

The front of the Kia Optima struck the right side of the Kia Soul in the area of the front wheel and passenger door.  Both vehicles traveled eastbound from the collision and the Kia Soul came to a stop on the lanes of US 40 eastbound.  The Kia Optima came to a stop on the grass southeast of the intersection.

The 74-year-old male of Newark was properly restrained and removed from the scene by EMS and transported to the Christiana Hospital where he was pronounced deceased from injuries sustained in this collision. The 61-year-old driver was admitted to the ICU at Christiana Hospital with serious injuries. The names are being withheld pending next of kin notification.

Drugs are suspected on German’s part and he will be charged with vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, and DUI upon release from the hospital.

 

William T. German, who was properly restrained, was removed by EMS and transported to the Christiana Hospital where he was admitted with minor injuries. Drugs are suspected on German’s part and he will be charged with vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, and DUI upon release from the hospital.

The Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing their investigation into the crash.   US 40 eastbound at Glendale Boulevard were closed for approximately three hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

Magisterial District Court records for Delaware County, Pa. reveals that on Sept. 23, 2014, German faced charges of making terroristic threats, trespassing, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. In a plea deal, German entered a guilty plea on Sept. 25, 2014, to criminal trespass and disorderly conduct while the other charges were dropped.

German entered a guilty plea to failing to obey the rules of the Penn. Turnpike Commission in May of 2017.

German entered a guilty plea to speeding while a charge of exceeding the speed limit by 38 mph was changed on Jan. 24, 2017. An additional charge of reckless driving was dropped by prosecutors, along with a charge of following too closely.  German filed a guilty plea to failing to provide required signals and failing to keep right.

On June 1, 2017, German entered a guilty plea to failing to obey a traffic signal.

William T German crash scene fatal Bear Del DSP June 18, 2017