Windsor Twp. man faces trial for crash that killed 2
Vehicular homicide charges against a Windsor Township who was driving a Kinsley Construction Co. work van when it crashed on Route 30 last summer and killed his co-workers were forwarded to the York County Court of Common Pleas on Thursday.
District Judge Robert Eckenrode bound over the charges against Luis Antonio Behrensen, 30, of 730 Burkholder Road, during a preliminary hearing, according to the judge's office.
Behrensen is charged with two counts of homicide by vehicle and single counts of aggravated assault by vehicle and reckless endangerment. He also faces the summary charges — which equate to traffic citations — of four counts of careless driving and single counts of speeding and reckless driving.
The vehicular-homicide and assault charges are third-degree felonies.
Behrensen is being represented by the York County Public Defender's Office and the attorney who handled his preliminary hearing couldn't be reached for comment.
The crash: Hellam Township Police said Behrensen caused the crash on Route 30 westbound near the Hallam exit about 2:15 p.m. on July 22, 2014.
Killed were Jack Mason III, 52, and Jerry Eady, 36, both of West Manchester Township. They were thrown from the white Ford work van during the crash and were pronounced dead at the scene.
Behrensen and a third passenger, co-worker Manuel Orellana of Hanover, were injured, while the driver of a pickup truck clipped by the Kinsley van just before the crash escaped injury, police said.
Orellana suffered a broken leg, concussion and shoulder injury, according to Behrensen's charging documents.
Investigation: A crash reconstruction performed by state police determined Behrensen — who had been a Kinsley employee for three years — was driving 83 mph in a 55 mph zone in the left lane when the van veered into the right lane and clipped a pickup truck, documents state.
"No evidence existed that Mr. Behrensen perceived or reacted by attempting an evasive action (braking, swerving, etc.) before striking" the pickup truck, documents state.
The force of the impact caused the Kinsley van to slide off the highway and roll several times, ending up in a tree line, according to documents.
After the crash, neither Behrensen nor Orellana could remember what happened to cause it, charging documents state.
The Kinsley work crew was returning to York from a Lancaster County work site in Gap, according to documents.
Behrensen remains in York County Prison on $50,00 bail, according to court documents.
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