2016-10-13 / Front Page

Verdict Reached in Troy Stone 2015 Fatal DUI Crash Case

By Cain Chamberlin

Troy Stone exits the Bradford County Courthouse tonight, Oct. 13 following the verdict in his trial finding him guilty of two counts of homicide by vehicle, two counts of aggravated assault by vehicle, two counts of involuntary manslaughter, driving under the influence, and other traffic charges. Photo by Cain ChamberlinTroy Stone exits the Bradford County Courthouse tonight, Oct. 13 following the verdict in his trial finding him guilty of two counts of homicide by vehicle, two counts of aggravated assault by vehicle, two counts of involuntary manslaughter, driving under the influence, and other traffic charges. Photo by Cain ChamberlinAfter three days in court and five full hours of deliberation, the jury reached a verdict in the case of Troy A. Stone, 20, who was the driver in an August 2015 DUI crash that left two teenage boys dead and three others, including himself, injured.

The crash occurred around 9:15 p.m. on Aug. 29 along Route 706 in Camptown. Stone reportedly crossed over into the opposing lane in his 2007 Chevrolet four-door pickup while traveling east on 706 at a high rate of speed toward Stevensville in an attempt to pass another vehicle. It was at that time Stone’s vehicle slammed head-on into a 2004 Subaru station wagon, driven by Staci L. Short, who was heading west to the Dandy Mini Mart in Camptown less than two miles from her home.

Stone’s has three passengers in his vehicle, including his closest friends, Colin M. Flynn, 18, Towanda, and Brendan T. Hall, 18, Wyalusing, who were pronounced dead at the scene. The third passenger, Kara Johnson, 20, Wyalusing, sustained serious injuries as did Short in the other vehicle.

Utilizing the Crash Data Recorder (CDR) system in Stone’s pickup, which has the capability to record a pre-crash vehicle speed, engine RPM, throttle position, police were able to determine Stone was traveling 89 mph at the moment of impact with Short’s station wagon. Stone’s vehicle then left the roadway and smashed into a tree roughly 95 feet away with the vehicle still traveling at 79 mph.

The cab of the truck then detached from the box and frame, traveling an additional 40 feet with the four souls inside and coming to a final rest.

Robert Kirby, a 10-year state trooper and the investigating officer, testified several times about the wreck that evening.

“It was the most horrific crash I’ve ever seen in my career. I’ve never seen a truck cab separate from the frame,” he said.

Two separate blood tests were performed on Stone approximately two and a half hours after the crash, which showed Stone had a blood-alcohol content between .058 and .060-percent.

Expert toxicologist Ayako Chan-Hosakawa of NMS Laboratories testified that Stone’s blood-alcohol level at the time of the crash was likely between .083 and .109 percent, which is above the legal limit even for a person of legal drinking age. 

Stone faced two counts of aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence and two counts of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence. The jury found him not guilty on these charges.

Stone was, however, found guilty of two third-degree felony counts of homicide by vehicle; two felony counts of aggravated assault by vehicle; two counts of involuntary manslaughter; driving under the influence of alcohol; driving under the influence—less than 21 years of age (.02 BAC or higher); purchase, consumption, possession or transportation of liquor or malt or brewed beverages; limitations on overtaking on the left; failure to maintain a single lane of travel; driving at an unsafe speed; two counts of careless driving leading to death; two counts of careless driving leading to serious injury; and two counts of occupant protection.

The prosecutor in the case, District Attorney Dan Barrett, said the two felony counts of homicide by vehicle each come with a max sentence of seven years imprisonment.

Presiding Judge Evan Williams III scheduled Stone’s sentencing for Jan. 5, 2017.

At the request of Barrett, Williams revoked Stone’s bail and ordered him to report tomorrow, Oct. 14, for a supervised bail program in which he will be monitored until sentencing. Stone will also undergo a drug and alcohol addiction evaluation prior to sentencing.

More details about day two and three of the trial will be in next week’s edition of the Rocket-Courier.

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