Man pleads in fatal hit and run

BY STACI WILSON

A Hallstead man pleaded guilty Friday in the January 15 hit and run that claimed the life of a 20 year old pedestrian in Great Bend Twp.

Roger Radakovich, 26, pleaded to guilty to a misdemeanor count of involuntary manslaughter before Susquehanna County President Judge Kenneth Seamans in the Court of Common Pleas.

Radakovich was driving south along SR 11, Great Bend Twp. at about 1:30 a.m. when he struck Earl Lyman Youngs who was walking along the roadway near Valley Lanes.

According to police, witnesses said the Radakovich stopped his silver SUV near the place where Youngs’ body was discovered in the grass near the road and then fled the scene.

After police asked the public for information, a caller to the Pennsylvania State Police, 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.

District Attorney Jason Legg said he has recommended an upper range sentence of 11-1/2 to 23-1/2 months, followed by a probationary period to be set by the judge.

Radakovich had been charged with felony counts of homicide by motor vehicle and accidents involving death of personal injury, in addition to several summary offenses connected with the crash.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on July 17.