Charges filed in infant crash death

BY STACI WILSON

Police say a Kingsley man was responsible for the Labor Day 2013 motor vehicle crash that claimed the life of a six-month-old girl in Lenox Twp.

Zach Philip Larue, 21, was charged by Tpr. Michael Riccardella with homicide by vehicle, aggravated assault by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter, recklessly endangering another person, reckless driving and related charges.

Larue’s vehicle was traveling south on Route 92 around 7 p.m., on Sept. 2, 2013 when, according to police, his vehicle crossed over the double yellow center lines and struck a Ford Edge SUV and a Volkswagen Jetta, both traveling north on the roadway.

All of the people involved in the crash were taken to either UHS Wilson Medical Center in New York or Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton.

Laney Johnson an infant passenger in the SUV that was struck, was later transported by ambulance to Danville and died three days later at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital pediatric intensive care unit as a result of head trauma suffered in the crash, according to Montour County Coroner Scott Lynn.

Larue was arraigned Tuesday morning before Magisterial District Judge Jeffrey Hollister in Montrose. Bail was set at $75,000. He is represented by Atttorney Paul Ackourey.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled to be held April 22 in front of Magisterial District Judge Suzanne Brainard in Clifford District Court.