Crash Victim in Police Chase Dies

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. -- A man minding his own business in Luzerne County has died after finding himself in the middle of a police chase.

The man police say is responsible is behind bars.

The family tells us they are heartbroken and that Gerald Mosley, 72, of Bear Creek Township died for no reason. They've had a hard time dealing with this sudden loss and now the coroner calls his death a homicide.

Troopers say Jose Crespo Mendez, 21, of Nanticoke, is the man responsible for that crash. Court documents say troopers tried to pull him over on Interstate 81 near Ashely for a bumper hanging off the car he was driving. Mendez drove away from police until he got to East Main Street in Wilkes-Barre when he crashed into a car being driven by Gerald Mosley.

Mosley was taken to the hospital. His family members say he was there for a week in serious condition until he died over the weekend.

Witnesses of the chase tell Newswatch 16 Mosley's family is in their thoughts.

"God bless him. I'll tell you what, it's terrible. You never know, you know? One bad move by one individual doing something stupid and it cost the man his life, it's just bad," said witness John Piazza.

Mendez is facing fleeing, aggravated assault, and DUI charges from that chase and crash. We spoke with troopers to find out if homicide charges will be added to that list. There is no word yet when or if that will happen.


  • Robert Paulson

    “drove away from police” — That is police terminology is “fleeing and eluding”, now top that with a shot of “vehicular homicide”. “Vehicular manslaughter” doesn’t fit the bill here.

    • yabbadabbadude

      That’s gonna be tough considering they break the law with their first step in our country.

    • darkhorse6669

      most of them are law abiding because they’re grateful to be here in the first place so they don’t want to screw it up. 1 person does not represent them all, if it did Caucasians would be the most crime infested race in this area per capita for sure. You see one Hispanic that has committed a crime and you guys all get so excited because that confirms your bias and they’re all immediately trash to you. I wish you all were able to fairly look at all people and realize that one type of person is not better than another just based off of the way they look. Its pure unadulterated ignorance.

      • yabbadabbadude

        You’re a traitor to the American rule of law and you’re masking it in racism. You’re the scum on filth’s shoe.

  • fortisveritas

    In Jose’s defense, I wouldn’t be surprised if just about every car on 81 has something broken on it. What a POS highway.

    • darkhorse6669

      we can take the state police for siphoning off all of that money that was supposed to go for our roads.

  • mickmars

    I’ll go out on a limb and say he wasn’t driving like a lunatic because he was late for work. Call it a hunch…

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