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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Police: Driver drank prior to fatal crash

  • A suspect in a vehicular homicide case told police he had been drinking prior to crashing a truck into his 19-year-old cousin, killing him, according to paperwork.
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    A suspect in a vehicular homicide case told police he had been drinking prior to crashing a truck into his 19-year-old cousin, killing him, according to paperwork.
    Jason A. Day, 32, of Starlight, also told state troopers he thought he had run into a deer on Friday night, according to search warrants.
    Zachary Possemato of Hancock, N.Y., was killed in a hit and run collision as he walked on the side of Route 191 near the New York border at 8:34 p.m. Friday.
    Day had not been charged as of Tuesday afternoon. He turned himself in to police on Saturday, according to paperwork.
    Day told police he had consumed four 16-ounce cans of beer between 6 and 8 p.m. Friday, paperwork says.
    The search warrants were issued so police could obtain two vials of Day's blood and examine a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck he had been driving on the night of the crash.
    Possemato and a 10-year-old boy had left Smoking Joe's and were walking toward New York state when the crash happened.
    The boy, who was not injured, told police, "The truck was coming right at them with the headlights on," paperwork says.
    The boy dove out of the way and the truck hit Possemato, who died of multiple traumatic injuries.
    Possemato was a cousin to Day, court papers say.
    Day told police that while driving he passed the house of a friend. He took his eyes from the road to see if his friend's car was there, police said.
    The 10-year-old boy and two other witnesses gave police a description of the truck, which was also caught on surveillance video from Smoking Joe's.
    Page 2 of 2 - The morning after the crash, John Martin Sr., mayor of Hancock, called state police at Honesdale. He said his son had been drinking with Day the previous night before the crash.
    Day also acknowledged that he had hit "something" on his ride home from New York state, according to police.
    Day told troopers he thought he had hit a deer, but realized the next morning that he might have hit a person after reports of the death were shared on a social media site, paperwork says.
    Police further said Day's truck fit the description of the vehicle involved in the crash.
    The morning after the crash Day noticed his truck's grill and hood were damaged in the center, police said.
    Police said a mechanical inspection would reveal or rule out any defects that may have contributed to or caused the crash.
     
     
     
     
     
     

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