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WILLIAMSPORT -- All charges against a Williamsport police officer accused of causing a deadly crash last month have been bound over for trial.

A magistrate ruled on Friday that there is enough evidence against Officer Jonathan Deprenda.

Williamsport Police Officer Jonathan Deprenda walked into the Lycoming County Courthouse with his wife and attorney for his preliminary hearing.

Deprenda was charged last week with homicide by vehicle and other charges for allegedly causing the crash on January 12 that killed James Robinson of Williamsport.

Two people testified at Deprenda's preliminary hearing. They are both corporals with the Pennsylvania State Police.

The first is a reconstructionist who said Officer Deprenda hit speeds of 101 miles per hour right before the crash on January 12. He said Deprenda and Robinson's cars collided while Deprenda's police cruiser was going 88 miles per hour.

The other witness is the lead investigator on the case. He testified that Officer Deprenda is at fault for the crash because of his high rate of speed.

Defense Attorney Michael Dinges disputes this and blamed James Robinson for causing the crash. Dinges says Robinson was at fault because he did not use his turn signal and did not pull to the right to allow the officer to pass, both of which are violations.

Dinges asked, "Was Officer Deprenda supposed to anticipate that Mr. Robinson wouldn't use his turn signal and then turn left right in front of him?"

Lycoming County District Attorney Eric Linhardt said Robinson cannot be blamed for the crash, because we will never know whether Robinson actually heard the sirens or saw the flashing lights.

Linhardt said, "At 101 miles per hour, even if Mr. Robinson used his turn signal, this accident was happening."

There was an issue with the most serious charge of homicide by vehicle. Deprenda's defense challenged the legal definition of vehicular homicide and asked the judge to dismiss all of the charges.

The judge decided to send all of the charges to county court and let a jury decide whether Deprenda is guilty.


    • Rich Snyder

      You said it brother! If it were you or me that killed “Boomer” we would have a Million dollar bail and still be waiting in jail! I mean come on a pot dealer gets $100,000 bail and a killer gets $25,000 !!!!! Where are these bails coming from? Oh that’s right their “buddy” the judge! “Something is rotten in the state of PA”!!! And trying to say “It was James’ fault for not signaling” something the cops do ALL the time!!! I’ve witnessed police doing U-turns with no signals or lights many times. Why aren’t they charged?! Time to take this country back from the corrupt gov’t “officials” that take away our rights constantly! Put ME on the jury I’ll see to it that this murderer NEVER sees the light of day again!!

  • Patrick

    The fools who talk about the defense attorney being an idiot know nothing about the law. This is a very interesting legal case. Obviously all you folks who want to hate on defense attorneys have never needed an attorney but I assure you that you likely will eventually for something and your perception will change. Everyone hates them until they need one.

  • George V

    Some people…all you have to do is just look at them and you can see what kind of person they are. One look at this cop… easy to see he was… WAS… a gung-ho arrogant KID… who will now face some prison time. ALSO, lets be real people… how many times have you seen a trooper on rt 80, go blowing by you at 80 or 90 MPH…with no lights and or sirens? They allow us as drivers to do 75 with no problems… and they often feel, lights/sirens or no light/sirens… they have no speed limit, just heading for lunch break…lets keep it real!

  • mdog

    HARD LESSON FOR BOTH SIDES, I pay attention to all traffic when turning – at night its easy to see flashing lights if you obey your traffic rights and use your mirrors properly.
    2nd is weather or not music was playing so the siren not heard.
    3RD if turn signal was on the officer most likely would swerve into the immediate clear path available and hit something else.
    The lay of road determines if it possible to him coming
    that may change things. That’s my take on this.God Bless

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