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Dover-area man being charged in fatal crash

Liz Evans Scolforo
717-505-5429/@LizScolforoYD

A Dover Township man currently in state prison is accused of being drunk when he crashed a motorcycle nearly two years ago, killing his passenger, according to court records.

Thomas Jarrod Stone

Thomas Jarrod Stone, 24, formerly of West Canal Road, will be charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, homicide by vehicle, DUI and unauthorized use of a vehicle, according to online county court records.

Stone's charging documents could not be obtained Wednesday because he has not yet been arraigned. State police filed charges on Tuesday, according to court records.

He is currently being held at SCI Benner in Bellefonte, Centre County. Stone will be arraigned on his charges via video, according to the office of District Judge Jeffrey Oberdorf.

Online court records indicate he's serving nine months to two years in state prison for criminal trespass after pleading guilty last summer to that charge and others — including theft and receiving stolen property — in York County Court. At the time, the presiding judge ordered Stone undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation, records state.

State police said Stone was operating a motorcycle about 11:15 p.m. May 23, 2014, when it crashed on Red Run Church Road in Washington Township.

Hit utility pole: He was riding eastbound and approaching the Davidsburg Road intersection when he lost control of the motorcycle, which went down on its side and struck a utility pole, police have said.

Aaron Groendyk

Both Stone and his passenger, Aaron James Groendyk, suffered major injuries, according to state police.

Groendyk, 18, of Dover, died June 30, 2014, at the University of Maryland's shock-trauma unit, according to the Maryland Medical Examiner's Office.

His cause of death was acute respiratory failure from the traumatic injuries he suffered in the crash, the medical examiner's office said.

It is unclear whether Stone has retained an attorney.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.