- Associated Press - Friday, February 7, 2014

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) - A police officer in central Pennsylvania will stand trial on charges stemming from a car crash that killed another motorist.

A judge on Friday ruled there was enough evidence to allow Williamsport police Officer Jonathan Deprenda’s case to proceed to trial.

He is charged with vehicular homicide and involuntary manslaughter in the Jan. 12 crash that killed James David Robinson.

Investigators said Deprenda was traveling nearly 70 miles over the 35 mph speed limit when his cruiser struck Robinson’s car from behind. They said Deprenda had activated his lights and siren and was headed to assist another officer who had a suspect at gunpoint.

Robinson’s car struck a utility pole and fire hydrant before slamming into a vacant house, setting both on fire.

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