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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Man charged in fatal wreck

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     - A 32-year-old Starlight man surrendered to authorities Monday and faces charges related to a fatal hit and run crash.
    Jason A. Day had been drinking prior to the crash that killed his cousin, Zachary Possemato, 19, of Hancock, who had been walking on the side of Route 191 at about 8:34 p.m. May 16, police said.
    Day was arraigned before District Judge Ronald Edwards and placed in the Wayne County prison on $100,000 bail.
    The suspect is scheduled to appear in Central Court next week.
    The suspect faces charges of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, accident involving death or personal injury, homicide by vehicle, driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, driving on roadways not laned for traffic, careless driving, duty to give information and render aid and failing to immediately notify an accident to police.
    "It was a tragic accident," Day's lawyer, Joseph McGraw, told reporters after his client surrendered at the state police barracks in Cherry Ridge. He declined further comment.
    Day went to the state police barracks the day after the crash. He told troopers had been drinking prior to the crash in Buckingham Township, near the New York border, according to search warrants.
    Day had told police he thought he had run into a deer.
    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.
    Page 2 of 2 - 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.
    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.

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