Motorist faces assault charge

When Harold Willliam Stevens plowed his Chevrolet Camaro into John Sinclair Jr.’s PT Cruiser at the East Third Street entrance to the westbound lanes of Interstate 180 on the afternoon of June 12, the 34-year-old city man was traveling at 91 mph, according to state police.

Stevens has been charged with aggravated assault by vehicle and six summary traffic violations, including reckless driving and speeding, as a result of a crash that seriously injured the 74-year-old Sinclair, police said.

Sinclair, also of the city, was hospitalized with “a fractured pelvis, abdominal bleeding and bruising” immediately following the crash, Trooper Adam Kirk wrote in an affidavit.

Sinclair was heading west on East Third Street and turning onto the on-ramp of Interstate 180 when Stevens, of 942 Sheridan St., traveling west on Third Street, suddenly “hammered the gas and was flying,” according to one witness, Kirk said.

Sinclair, admitted to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, since has been discharged.

Following his recent arraignment before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman, Stevens was released on $50,000 bail.