Fatal hit and run case moves forward

BY STACI WILSON

A Hallstead man accused in the January 15 hit and run collision that claimed the life of a 20 year old pedestrian in Great Bend Twp. waived his preliminary hearing on Monday.

Roger Radakovich, 25, appeared in New Milford District Court. He has been charged with homicide by motor vehicle, accidents involving death of personal injury; involuntary manslaughter; operating a motor vehicle without insurance and other related charges connected to the fatal crash that killed Earl Lyman Youngs.

The charges will now carry forward to the Susquehanna County Court of Common Pleas.

Youngs was walking south on Route 11, near Valley Lanes, when he was struck by a silver SUV that was also traveling south on the roadway at about 1:30 a.m. According to police, witnesses said the vehicle stopped near the place where Youngs’ body was discovered in the grass near the road and then left the scene.

After police asked the public for information, a caller to the Gibson barracks related that Radakovich owned a silver Jeep Liberty. Troopers responded to the Radakovich residence and saw the hood of the vehicle was damaged on the right side and the antenna was bent.
Radakovich remains free on unsecured bail.