Police: Racing East Berlin man caused two-car crash

Tina Locurto
York Dispatch

An East Berlin man is charged with aggravated assault by vehicle after a crash caused by racing and "horseplay," according to Hanover Police.

Troy Luckenbaugh, 44, of the 300 block of Abbottstown Street, is charged with aggravated assault by vehicle and accidents involving death or personal injury, both felonies. 

The crash, which occurred June 2 in the 300 block of Eisenhower Drive in Hanover, involved an International truck and black Chevrolet pickup truck. 

The crash caused two passengers to be ejected from the International truck, with one person suffering life-threatening injuries, according to charging documents.

Luckenbaugh fled the scene, traveling west on Eisenhower Drive, Hanover Police said.

Police found Luckenbaugh near Eisenhower Drive and Wilson Avenue, according to charging documents. At that time, he admitted to being involved in the crash, police said.

The two people in the other vehicle were seriously injured, according to court documents. One of them had to be taken from the scene by a medical helicopter, police said.

A witness told authorities that Luckenbaugh saw that one of the two was seriously injured and fled, saying "I don't wanna get a DUI," according to police.

A search warrant issued for Luckenbaugh's car found that he was traveling 52 mph one second prior to the crash with a 100% throttle input, police said. 

Eisenhower Drive has a posted speed limit of 35 mph. 

Luckenbaugh also received two misdemeanor charges for recklessly endangering another person as well as multiple summary traffic violations.

He remains free on $5,000 unsecured bail, meaning he could forfeit up to that amount should he miss court proceedings.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Oct. 23 in front of Senior District Judge Barbara Nixon.

— Reach Tina Locurto at tlocurto@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @tina_locurto.