CHERRY RIDGE TOWNSHIP — State police charged a man Monday from Wayne County with homicide by vehicle while DUI.
Jason Day, 32, walked into the state police barracks near Honesdale a free man. More than an hour later, he left in handcuffs.
Day did not answer our questions about the charges he now faces in connection with a deadly hit and run crash last month near the New York state line.
Troopers say Day was behind the wheel of a white pickup crossing into Wayne County on Route 191 when he hit and killed 19 year old Zachary Possemato, 19, of Hancock, New York. Possemato, a volunteer firefighter, was with a young friend walking back to Hancock from a smoke shop. Investigators say Day hit Possemato and never stopped.
“We were talking, then when the truck came, I moved over, and before I could say his name so he could move, he was already hit,” said the victim’s friend Robby Vessecchia last month.
The pickup truck state police say Day was driving is still at the state police barracks. According to court papers, Day showed up the next day and spoke with investigators about having hit something. Day said he had been drinking before the crash and said “I didn’t know it was a person I hit.”
Then Day got an attorney.
“It was a tragic accident that occurred. At this point, my client has just been arraigned, just received a copy, no statements at this time,” said defense attorney Joe McGraw.
Now Day is locked up, charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, accused of taking the life of his cousin Zachary Possemato.