Woman pleads guilty to charges from 2016 wreck
A West Virginia driver whose husband died following a car crash in Woodward Township in 2016 pleaded guilty to aggravated assault by vehicle and other charges in Lycoming County Court.
Stacy Emahiser, 45, faces a possible maximum prison sentence of nine years and six months on charges that also include driving under the influence of controlled substances and recklessly endangering another person.
Emahiser was driving south along Route 220 on Sept. 16, 2016 when the car went off the road, struck two raised concrete islands, a traffic sign and a light post before hitting a guardrail at Pine Run Road, according to state police.
She and her husband, Eric. L. Emahiser, 46, a passenger in the front seat of the car, were unresponsive and stuck in the wreckage when emergency personnel arrived on the scene.
Stacy Emahiser was flown to Geisinger Medical Center and her husband was driven by ambulance to UPMC Susquehanna Regional Medical Center where he died shortly after the crash.
Toxicology tests revealed evidence of drugs in her system.
She was brought back to Pennsylvania from West Virginia in June 2018 to face the charges.
While appearing in court Friday before Judge Nancy L. Butts, she admitted that she had been using cocaine that day.
Defense attorney Kyle Rude acknowledged that Eric Emahiser’s sustained head injuries in the crash but that the autopsy was inconclusive as to cause of death.
“He was injured,” Stacy Emahiser told the court, “but he had serious health problems unrelated to the accident.”
Her sentencing is set for 9 a.m. Sept. 29.