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New charges, including third-degree murder, were filed against a woman in connection with a July crash on I-76 that killed Belmont Hills (PA) Firefighter Thomas Royds and wounded three other first responders, according to a report on 6abc.com.
Jacquelyn Walker, 63, of Little Egg Harbor (NJ), was not only speeding prior to the crash, but three of the four brakes on her Jeep did not work—something she was aware of but eschewed fixing, the report says. In addition, officials say there’s no evidence she tried to avoid hitting the first responders.
Following a toxicology report, a DUI charge against her was thrown out—despite her admission of drinking prior to the crash—but she’s now facing Third-Degree Murder, Homicide by Vehicle, four counts of Aggravated Assault by Vehicle, nine counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Reckless Driving, and related charges, the report says.
FirefighterNation reported at the time that at 3:04 a.m. on Saturday, July 24, 2021, the Belmont Hills Fire Company and Gladwyne Fire Company responded to a vehicle accident with injuries on Interstate 76.
Around 3:23 a.m., as units were preparing to leave the scene of the original accident, Walker’s Jeep struck three members of the Belmont Hills Fire Company and one Pennsylvania State Trooper on the shoulder of the highway. Firefighter Royds went into cardiac arrest at the scene and was transported by ground ambulance to an area hospital, but subsequently passed away.
The other two firefighters were transported to medical facilities in Pennsylvania, where they underwent surgery.