Kinsley dump-truck driver charged in York County for 2018 double-fatal crash

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A Kinsley Materials dump-truck driver is charged with vehicular homicide and related offenses for allegedly causing a double-fatal crash on Route 15 outside Dillsburg two years ago.

Michael A. Saltzgiver, 67, of the 100 block of Lake Meade Road in the East Berlin area, remains free on $25,000 unsecured bail, charged with two counts of homicide by vehicle and one count of aggravated assault by vehicle, plus two counts of misdemeanor involuntary manslaughter and three counts of reckless endangerment.

He was arraigned Wednesday by District Judge Richard Thomas, court records state.

Rosyanny Sanchez Restituyo, 28, of Gettysburg, and a 1-month-old child in her vehicle were killed in the Nov. 28, 2018, crash on Route 15  at Golf Course Road, according to charging documents filed Tuesday by Carroll Township Police.

Restituyo was a hairdresser at Diversified Cuts Barbershop on Baltimore Street in Hanover, according to her obituary, which identified the 1-month-old child as her niece, Yolanda M. Sanchez.

Carroll Twp. Police said Michael Saltzgiver was driving this dump truck when he caused a crash on Route 15 on Nov. 28, 2018, that killed a Gettysburg woman and her 1-month-old niece.
(Photos courtesy of Curt Werner, Dillsburg Banner)

Injured in the crash was Yolanda's mother, Yatma Sanchez, of Gettysburg, according to police. Sanchez is  Restituyo's sister, the obituary states. She suffered head trauma, back injuries and a dislocated shoulder, police said.

'Tragic situation': Defense attorney Chris Ferro, who represents Saltzgiver, said the crash is clearly a tragic situation.

"Mr. Saltzgiver grieves every day and lives with the pain of knowing that this accident resulted in the loss of two lives," Ferro said. "I'm committed, however, to the fact that not all accidents are crimes. It is my hope that continued dialogue with the commonwealth and further exploration of the underlying facts of this particular accident will lead to a fair and just resolution."

Witnesses  reported that the dump truck caused the crash by turning left into the path of a white Toyota Highlander that was northbound on Route 15, charging documents state.

The Highlander then struck a gray Jeep Cherokee being driven by Restituyo, which was westbound on Golf Course Road and was stopped waiting to enter the Route 15 intersection, documents state.

Neither Saltzgiver nor the Highlander driver was hurt, police said.

Carroll Twp. Police said Michael Saltzgiver, driving a Kinsley dump truck, turned left in front of a northbound Highlander, which struck a Jeep. The Jeep's driver and her 1-month-old niece were killed in the Nov. 28, 2018, crash, police said.
(Photos courtesy of Curt Werner, Dillsburg Banner)

No sun glare? Saltzgiver told investigators there was sun glare, but an accident reconstruction determined that wasn't the case, charging documents allege.

"(I)t was determined that the defendant's account of Sun Glare impeding his view of the northbound oncoming traffic traveling on US Route 15 is without merit," documents state. "Also, there was no evidence present at the time of the crash that would have caused the defendant's view of the northbound traffic … to be obstructed."

Charging documents state that the crash was caused by Saltzgiver's "failure to observe" the Highlander before turning left in front of it, causing the three-vehicle crash that killed Restituyo and Yolanda.

— Reach senior crime reporter Liz Evans Scolforo at or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.

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