J. Hartless
J. Hartless

A Shrewsbury Township man with multiple DUI convictions will stand trial for allegedly causing a December crash that killed his older brother.

At the close of a preliminary hearing Tuesday, District Judge Scott Laird determined enough evidence exists for Jamey Ray Hartless to stand trial on third-degree murder and related charges, according to Laird's office. Formal court arraignment is scheduled for Sept. 5.

Police allege Hartless was intoxicated when the 1988 Chevrolet Camaro he was driving slammed into a tree in York Township and caught on fire while he was fleeing the scene of a previous crash in the township.

Hartless, 49, of 12853 Glen Brook Court in the Glen Brook Trailer Park, remains in York County Prison on $50,000 bail.

Police said Jamey Ray Hartless crashed into this York Twp. tree, killing brother Timothy Hartless. (Submitted photo)
Police said Jamey Ray Hartless crashed into this York Twp. tree, killing brother Timothy Hartless. (Submitted photo)

Timothy A. Hartless, 51, of the same address, was rushed to York Hospital from the scene of the crash, according to the county coroner's office. He was pronounced dead at York Hospital.

Jamey Hartless also was injured in the crash, which happened at 6:13 p.m. Dec. 2 in the 200 block of Reynolds Mill Road, and needed hospital treatment, police said.

Smelled of alcohol: At the scene he smelled of alcohol and told officers he didn't know who had been driving, according to charging documents.

But witnesses told officers it was Jamey Hartless who was driving, documents state.

One witness reported seeing the black Camaro heading south on South George Street in the area of Apple Hill, weaving repeatedly across the center line, police said.


Advertisement

The Camaro then struck the open driver-side door of a Pontiac Sunfire that had broken down and was stopped alongside the road, according to police.

Close call: The driver was sitting in the Sunfire's driver seat with his legs hanging out the door when the Camaro sideswiped the car, according to police. The force of the crash knocked the driver door off the car, but somehow the driver escaped injury, police said.

After hitting the Sunfire, Jamey Hartless fled south on South George Street and turned onto Reynolds Mill Road, going perhaps 90 mph or more, according to police.

Minutes after the crash with the Sunfire door, police were called to Reynolds Mill Road, where they found the Camaro had struck a tree and a stop sign at Kresta Drive and started on fire, police said. Witnesses rushed to the car with fire extinguishers to put out the flames.

Charging documents state Jamey Hartless had a blood-alcohol level of 0.079 percent. In Pennsylvania, an adult is driving drunk at 0.08 percent.

Cocaine use alleged: But he also had cocaine and lorazepam, known as Ativan, in his system, charging documents allege.

Those documents also state he has multiple previous DUI convictions.

In addition to third-degree murder, Jamey Hartless is charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, homicide by vehicle, DUI, reckless driving, reckless endangerment and a number of other offenses.