Police: Man was DUI in crash that killed girlfriend

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A Penn Township man remains free on bail, charged with killing his girlfriend during a 2015 DUI crash, according to police.

Joseph J. McKim, 44, of West Granger Street, was arraigned Thursday, Sept. 7, on charges of homicide by vehicle, driving under the influence, reckless endangerment, careless driving causing an unintentional death and careless driving, according to court records.

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He is free on $25,000 unsecured bail, meaning he didn't have to post any cash to remain free but could forfeit that amount if he misses court proceedings.

McKim could not be reached for comment. It's unclear whether he has retained an attorney.

The allegations: Penn Township Police Lt. Guy Hettinger said McKim caused a crash on Oct. 29, 2015, that killed his passenger and live-in girlfriend, 45-year-old Bobbi Jo Wagaman.

She died of multiple injuries, the York County Coroner's Office has said.

It had been raining earlier that day, and area roads were still wet when McKim was driving along the 1800 block of Broadway (Route 194) in the township, near the intersection of Hershey Heights Road, according to the lieutenant.

McKim's pickup truck crossed into the oncoming lane and was T-boned on the passenger side by an oncoming vehicle, Hettinger said.

Wagaman was rushed to Hanover Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

"It was a tragic result," Hettinger told The York Dispatch.

McKim was treated and released for his injuries, police said.

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Impaired, police say: Toxicology testing determined McKim had seven prescription drugs in his system at the time of the crash, according to Hettinger.

They include the opioid fentanyl as well as generic forms of Zoloft and Klonopin, which is a class of benzodiazepines, according to police.

Those drugs impaired McKim's ability to drive, Hettinger said.

Hettinger said fatal crash investigations can take time, and that Penn Township Police worked with the York County District Attorney's Office and the state police to "thoroughly investigate" the fatal crash.

State police conducted a full accident reconstruction, he said.

"We didn't want to rush it," Hettinger said. "We wanted to make sure everything was done properly."

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.