- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - The death of the fifth victim killed in a fatal January wrong-way crash in northeastern Pennsylvania has been ruled a homicide.

The Times-Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1QFAhXl ) the Lackawanna County Coroner’s Office said Monday that 42-year-old Bhaveshkumar Patel died of multiple traumatic injuries stemming from the Jan. 23 crash on Interstate 81 that also killed four others.

Patel died Friday at Geisinger Community Medical Center.

A Lincoln driven by 28-year-old Gennadiy Manannikov collided with Patel’s Honda while traveling along the wrong side of the road.

Manannikov has been charged with three counts of vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment and related traffic offenses.

State police say Manannikov smelled of alcohol at the scene and admitted he was drinking.

An attorney for Manannikov is not listed.

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Information from: The Times-Tribune, https://thetimes-tribune.com/

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