Eric Golab of Jonas, who had been driving behind Rhoades, testified to seeing Rhoades swerve slightly to the left to pass the minivan, which was pulled off to the side in front of Rhoades. Golab said he saw Senavitis’ truck come into the their lane of travel and collide with Rhoades’ car.
Golab said Senavitis’ truck and Rhoades’ car came to rest apart from each other after the crash, but two paramedics later testified that the front of Senavitis’ truck came to rest against the passenger side of Rhoades’ car. Golab said Senavitis was confused and smelled ‘like a brewery.’
On 10-18-08, at approx. 1830 hours, I (Officer Jason Beers) interviewed WITNESS 2(Eric K. Golab). He stated he WAS TRAVELING NORTH ON SR 209 and was the SECOND VEHICLE BEHIND UNIT 2. He stated he SAW Unit 3 PULLED ON THE NORTHBOUND SHOULD OF SR 209. He state UNIT 2 VEERED TO THE LEFT WHEN IT PASSED UNIT 3. He stated UNIT 2 DID NOT DRIVE OVER THE DOUBLE YELLOW LINES INTO THE SOUTHBOUND LANE. He state HE SAW UNIT 1 VEER TOWARDS THE NORTHBOUND LANE, CROSS THE DOUBLE YELLOW LINES AND ENTER THE NORTHBOUND LANE. He stated HE SAW UNIT 2 SWERVE TO THE RIGHT, AWAY FROM UNIT 1 BUT STILL GOT STRUCK. He stated Unit 2 then struck Unit 3. He stated HE APPROACHED UNIT 1 (pick up truck driven by Mr. Senavitis) and saw Operator 1 lying across the floor of Unit 1.
“It was dark out,” she testified. “I asked him how much farther it was. He said, ‘We’re just about there.'”
“Then, he screamed,” Mary Edith Rhoades said. “I looked and saw a bright light coming toward us at an angle. It was high up off the ground. We were still in our lane.”
On 10-27-08 at 1111hours, I (Officer Jason Beers) interviewed the passenger of Unit 2 (Mary Edith Rhoades). She stated that the LAST THING SHE REMEMBERED WAS OPERATOR 2 SHOUT SOMETHING LIKE “HOLD ON” or “ WATCH OUT”. She stated the next thing SHE REMEMBER SEEING HEADLIGHTS COMING AT HER IN THE NORTHBOUND LANE. She stated the headlights looked to be higher than Unit 2. She stated she then felt the impact of the crash. She stated the next thing she remembers was the fire and EMT’s trying to get her out of the car. She stated she heard somebody asking operator 2 (Senator James Rhoades) questions.
What’s with the blood?
ON 10-21-08, A SEARCH WARRANT WAS OBTAINED TO SEIZE THE MEDICAL RECORDS OF OPERATOR 1 FROM ST. LUKES HOSPITAL, BETHLEHEM. PA. A TOXICOLOGY REPORT ONLY LISTED THE MEDICAL BLOOD RESULTS. ON 10-22-08 ANOTHER SEARCH WARRANT WAS OBTAINED TO SEIZE THE ACTUAL BLOOD OF OPERATOR 1 FROM ST. LUKES HOSPITAL. THE BLOOD WAS SEIZED AND TRANSPORTED TO PSP WYOMING LAB FOR TESTING. THE BAC RESULTS ARE PENDING. (12-01-08 10:10AM),
On 10-17-08 at approx. 1910 hours, I (Officer Jason Beers) interviewed Operator 3 on scene. She stated SHE PULLED ONTO THE NORTHBOUND SHOULDER OF THE ROAD TO USE HER CELL PHONE. She stated SHE CAME TO A COMPLETE STOP AND DID NOT EVEN PUT HER VEHICLE INTO PARK WHEN SHE HEARD THE CRASH occur to the left of her. She stated her vehicle was struck by Unit 2 AFTER UNIT 2 WAS STRUCK BY UNIT 1. She stated she then PULLED HER VEHICLE UP A FEW FEET in case Units 1 & 2 caught on fire. She stated she checked on her baby then called 911.
Police said Yafar pulled to the side of the road, after which Senavitis came into Rhoades’ lane and caused a nearly head-on collision.
Yafar said she was driving her mother’s minivan to her mother’s house in Mill Creek when her child began crying and her phone started to ring. Yafar said she pulled off to the side of the road and had just put her hand on the gear shifter to park when the crash occurred. She said she saw the cars “welded together” after a head-on collision.
“The black car was rotated,” Yafar said. “The back of the car came towards me.”
Yafar said she initially thought her vehicle had been struck further back, but noticed her child’s car seat tipped on its side and realized Rhoades’ Cadillac had hit the driver’s side panel near the second row of seats. Yafar said neither she nor her child were injured.
Under cross-examination, Yafar said there was complete daylight at the time of the accident, which was contrary to Mary Edith Rhoades’ testimony. According to the criminal complaint, the crash occurred at 6:35 p.m.
UPON MY ARRIVAL (Officer Jason Beers).
This three vehicle crash occurred as Unit 1 was traveling South on Sr 209. UNIT 2 AND 3 WERE TRAVELING NORTH. UNIT 3 PULLED OFF OF THE ROADWAY ONTO THE NORTHBOUND SHOULDER. As Unit 2 was passing Unit 3 on the left, Unit 2 collided with Unit 1 ON THE NORTHBOUND LANE HEAD ON. This impact caused unit 2 to spin counter-clockwise and the left side of the rear bumper of Unit 2 collided with the left side of Unit 3. UNIT 1 AND UNIT 2 CAME TO A FINAL UNCONTROLLED REST ON THE CENTER OF SR 209. Unit 3 was driven from its final rest a few feet North by Operator 2.
This Trooper (Officer Jason Beers) examined Units 1, 2 & 3 at the scene and observed the following:
I OBSERVED THAT UNIT 1 HAD MAJOR DAMAGE TO THE FRONT.
I observed that Unit 2 had major damage to the front and a scuff mark on the left side of the rear bumper.
I observed damage to the left side of Unit 3.
Upon arrival at the scene, Operator 2 and the passenger of Unit 2 (Mr. & Mrs. J. Rhoades) were being extracted by West End Fire Co. Operator 1 (Mr. Senavitis) was being treated for injuries inside a West End ambulance. I was unable to interview Operator I on scene, due to his injuries and need of medical attention. I IDENTIFIED OPERATOR 1 VIA A DRIVERS LISENCE. Upon Operator 2 and passenger of Unit 2 being extracated, I was unable to interview either of them due to their injuries and need of medical attention. I IDENTIFIED OPERATOR 2 AND PASSENGER OF UNIT 2 THROUGH WEST END EMT’s.
TRIAL Statement Trooper Beers – Officer Beers said Senavitis’ truck and Rhoades’Cadillac were still pinned together when he arrived and he gave permission for emergency workers to pull the truck away so Rhoades could be extracted.