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Woman charged in crash that killed Red Land HS student
A Fairview Township woman is free on bail, accused of causing a crash in 2015 that killed her passenger, a Red Land High School senior.
Brooke Nicole Livering, 20, of 612 Salem Road, was arraigned Friday by District Judge Scott Gross on a third-degree felony charge of homicide by vehicle. She is free on $25,000 unsecured bail.
Killed in the Aug. 23, 2015, crash was Emily Kate Groft, 17, of Lewisberry, according to Fairview Township Police.
Groft was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which happened about 9:15 p.m. in the 400 block of Big Spring Road, near the intersection of Elder Trail, officials have said.
The Red Land senior was wearing her seat belt, police said. She died of multiple injuries, according to the York County Coroner's Office.
Livering suffered minor injuries and was transported to Hershey Medical Center for treatment, police have said.
Allegations: Charging documents state Livering was driving east in a 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse, with Emily in the front passenger seat, when the car crashed into a tree passenger-side first.
Livering told an officer at the scene, "I was going (too) fast and lost control," charging documents allege.
A reconstruction of the crash by state police determined Livering was going 54 mph in a 30 mph zone when she lost control of the car in a sharp left curve in the road, documents state.
She lost control because she was going too fast and tried to over-correct, police indicated in those documents.
A juvenile told police that she's romantically involved with Livering and that she was visiting a friend near the crash site that night.
The juvenile told police Livering was jealous that she was visiting the friend and sent the teen several text messages, including one asking the teen what she was doing, documents state.
'Listen soon': The teen responded, "hot tubbing," police said.
Shortly before the crash, Livering sent the teen a text that said, "Hey baby ... listen soon," according to documents.
The teen said she heard screeching tires and a loud bang moments after receiving the text, police said. She ran to the site and discovered Livering had crashed, documents state.
The teen also told investigators that Livering, back in 2015, rarely drove the Eclipse after buying a new Honda Civic.
Charging documents state Livering's conduct showed "a willful, wanton or careless disregard" for Emily's safety.
Attorney Korey Leslie, who represents Livering, declined to speak about the case Monday.
"Out of respect to the Groft family we will have no comment on the charge filed against Ms. Livering at this time," he wrote in a text.
About Emily: Emily planned to attend Messiah College to pursue a nursing degree after graduating from high school, according to her mother, Malisa Madison of New Cumberland, who said Emily wanted to be a nurse because she loved children.
Emily also loved animals and was the kind of kid who was always bringing home strays, her mother said.
"She just loved life and being around people," Madison said. "She was a beautiful soul."
— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.