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Suspect Arrested for Alleged Abuse and Causing Deadly Wreck

JESSUP — Police said Wayne Kichar of Jessup was drinking and angry when he allegedly attacked his 10-year-old son Sunday afternoon.

Authorities said Kichar slammed the boy against a bed and a steel chair.

Now, he faces child abuse charges, and authorities are starting to become very familiar with Wayne Kichar because they said he was also involved in a deadly wreck in 2011 in Lackawanna County.

Investigators said Wayne Kichar was supposed to turn himself in on assault charges Wednesday afternoon for that alleged incident with his son, but he never showed.

Therefore, police put out a warrant for his arrest on those charges and on other much more serious charges related to a deadly crash in Dunmore almost two years ago.

Kichar was arrested after a foot chase with police Wednesday evening, he was arraigned on charges related to both of those cases.

It will be two years next month since twins Lynn and William McKernan from Rochester, New York lost their lives while on their way to celebrate their birthday in New York City.

It’s been a long two years for investigators from Lackawanna County who have been trying to find a way to hold the man they believe caused that crash in Dunmore responsible.

Investigators charged Kichar with homicide by motor vehicle and involuntary manslaughter Wednesday. They said Kichar had marijuana in his system when the crash happened, and he was negligent by never disclosing that he had epilepsy.

Kichar was on the job for Cerminaro Construction when his truck flew off a ramp at the Interstate 81-84 interchange in Dunmore and collided with the McKernans’ car. The brother and sister died instantly.

Investigators may never know if it was drugs or a seizure that caused Kichar to lose control, but they felt they finally had enough to charge Kichar with the McKernans’ death.

Newswatch 16 asked investigators why it took nearly two years to file charges in the deadly wreck. All they said is that the case was “thoroughly investigated” and its been a top priority for the Lackawanna County DA’s Office all along.

The family of the crash victims, William and Lynn McKernan, have already filed a federal lawsuit against Wayne Kichar.


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