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A Hollidaysburg man was arraigned Friday on charges including homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter and DUI for a fatal crash on Osgood Drive that killed a pastor and his wife in November.
Magisterial District Judge Steven Jackson arraigned James Michael McCleary, 30, on two counts each of homicide by vehicle, aggravated assault by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault and four counts of recklessly endangering another person as well as a first offense DUI.
Charges against McCleary stem from a Nov. 29 crash resulting in the deaths of Pastor Jerome Hayward and his wife, Kathleen Hayward. A third vehicle was also involved, occupied by victims treated and released from UPMC Altoona.
Logan Township Police Chief Timothy Mercer said Friday that charges against McCleary were filed nearly 10 months after the crash because reconstructing it was a complex process with many variables to consider.
crash of that magnitude requires an in depth investigation. We reconstructed the scene with state police. We had to wait for toxicology reports of all vehicle operators who were involved. We shared information with the District Attorney Office who ultimately decided that charges were warranted. They did research on case law to determine what charges were applicable in this situation, he said.
Throughout the process, Mercer said he has been in touch with members of the Hayward family, who live out of state.
The Haywards were traveling northbound on Osgood Drive in the lane closest to the median dividing the north and southbound lanes.
McCleary Jeep Cherokee was south on Osgood, approaching Falon Lane when he abruptly swerved to pass other southbound traffic, states the police affidavit of probable cause.
His swerving movement caused him to lose control of the vehicle, and he sped across four travel lanes, sped through the intersection of Osgood and Falon Lane and struck the median, the affidavit read.
He continued to travel on the median, and entered the northbound travel lane but going south. That when his vehicle struck the Hayward vehicle and rolled off it. McCleary vehicle then struck a third vehicle before it came to rest on top of it.
According to Logan Township Police statement, McCleary attorney, Thomas Dickey, was present during the arraignment. McCleary was released on a $200,000 unsecured bond with supervision. A preliminary hearing is to be set at a later date.