Former Cop Pleads Guilty to Vehicular Charges in Carbon County

NESQUEHONING - Former Nesquehoning police officer Steven Homanko had his day in Carbon County court Tuesday

The judge accepted his guilty plea to vehicular homicide and reckless endangerment.

"If you do the crime, you have to do the time, I mean. That's for everybody. That's not just for police officers," said Jennifer Brown of Nesquehoning.

Back in 2014, witnesses told state police they spotted Homanko speeding and driving carelessly on Route 209 in Nesquehoning in Carbon County.

Homanko was chasing a woman in a Dodge Neon after she illegally passed another vehicle. That's when he lost control of his police cruiser and crashed head-on into another vehicle.

Carola Sauers, 68, and her husband Michael, both of Hazleton, were in the car that Homanko struck. She was killed and Michael was severely injured.

An accident investigation and reconstruction determined that Homanko was driving approximately 113 mph prior to the crash.

Newswatch 16 talked with folks who are hoping Homanko's guilty plea will bring some closure for the Sauers family.

"There's too much wrongdoing in the justice system in this day and age. I mean they do their part, but at the same time, there's people who don't get punished when they should," Laura Diehl of Nesquehoning told Newswatch 16.

Steven Homanko is scheduled to be sentenced on October 12.

10 comments

  • tom

    I am all for supporting the cops; It’s just that I am not supportive of the quality of local cops which are being mass produced from the local Junior College’s police course. Maybe some of these new young cops should be required to serve in a large city prior to becoming a cop in a small town, then maybe they will not harass the local town people over minor things. Of course unless ? is one of those cops, maybe that is why he is so defensive

  • tom

    Did you ever think that maybe he never was chasing a car? Maybe that was just his story. As far as looking like a cop did you ever notice the worst cops are the young cops, it seems they take the cop course at their local junior college graduate, go home watch a couple episodes of cops on tv shave their heads and they’ re now the kings. That is what this guy reminds me of

    • gotta respond

      Huh. Your first 2 sentences seem to conclude a biased opinion. I’m older, still can have an occasional acne bout. Fried foods, woops. Some have thought its meth sores. Huh, never seen it, don’t know how to get it. His look is the reality of not being able to drive a car at 113 mph. At the taxpayers expense.

  • laura

    not to lessen what he did but what about the driver who led him on the chase? were they charged as well? they should be. if not for their original actions he wouldn’t have been in a position to have wrecked in the first place

    • Bill K.

      By all means charge her. She should get a ticket for passing in a no passing zone. That’s all she’s guilty of so that’s all she should be charged with.

    • bye bye copper

      Are you kidding me? These cops speed all the time with or without a pursuit. How many times did this guy speed without a reason and always got away with it? It finally caught up to him. Have fun in jail copper. I’ll be out hete enjoying my freedom.

      • THE WATCHER

        This should be an educational article. I’ve had contact and conflict with the local act 120 certified officers and there outlook is everyone is up to something and there cluck is superior and there reason to stop and detain is you look suspicious. I asked this question and that was there answer and they also noted we will charge you with multiple offenses and it’s up to your wallet to bring them down. As they laughed and went into turkey hill. Who will believe you, our supervisors the magistrates,we’ll maybe your mother…lol.

        This is why NO ONE RESPECTS THE POLICE. AND IT’S SAD IT IS REFLECTED ON OUR TROOPERS AS WELL…
        KARMA MY FRIENDS IN BLUE I LOST ALL RESPECT FOR YOU.

        SINCERELY
        AN AMERICAN CITIZEN

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