- Associated Press - Friday, March 25, 2016

NESQUEHONING, Pa. (AP) - A northeastern Pennsylvania police officer awaiting trial in a fatal crash during a chase that reached speeds of more than 110 mph has been fired.

WNEP-TV (http://bit.ly/25od5ol ) reports Nesquehoning (nes-kwah-HOH’-ning) Borough Council voted Wednesday night to fire Officer Steven Homanko.

State prosecutors say the 26-year-old officer lost control of his marked cruiser while chasing another driver who had passed a car illegally in May 2014.

That caused a crash that killed 69-year-old Carola Sauers and severely injured her husband.

Investigators say Homanko told them he thought he never exceeded 70 mph.

Homanko faces trial in Carbon County on charges including homicide by vehicle and involuntary manslaughter.

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Information from: WNEP-TV, http://www.wnep.com

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