- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

NESQUEHONING, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania police officer fired after investigators determined he drove more than 110 mph during a chase that led to a fatal crash has now pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and reckless endangerment.

WNEP-TV (https://bit.ly/2copjLi ) reports former Nesquehoning (nes-kay-HOH’-ning) officer Steven Homanko entered the plea Tuesday in Carbon County. He’ll be sentenced Oct. 12.

State prosecutors say Homanko lost control of his marked cruiser while chasing another driver who had passed a car illegally in May 2014.

That caused a crash on Route 209 that killed 69-year-old Carola Sauers and severely injured her husband, Michael.

Investigators say the 27-year-old officer told them he thought he never exceeded 70 mph. But an accident reconstruction expert determined Homanko was driving 113 mph just before the crash.

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

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