2008-12-11 / Police Reports

Pa. Driver Charged In Deaths Of Charity Walkers

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A central Pennsylvania man was charged with careless driving in the deaths of a couple who were struck as they walked to a fundraiser.

David K. Shiery, 47, of Enola, was speeding when his pickup struck Able Seda and his wife, Carmen Sanchez-Seda, both 72, on Oct. 6, authorities said. The speed was not high enough to warrant vehicular homicide charges, city spokesman Matthew Coulter said. The posted speed limit in the area is 35 mph.

The victims were on their way to a diabetes fundraising walk, which began on City Island. They had recently moved to Harrisburg from Puerto Rico, officials said.

Shiery was charged with two counts of careless driving causing death. Court records show he has three previous traffic convictions since 2002 for disregarding traffic devices in the area.

The impact threw the couple 70 to 80 feet and caused significant damage to the truck, denting the bumper and crushing the hood, Harrisburg Police Chief Charles Kellar said.

Carmen Sanchez-Seda died at the scene while Able Seda died the next morning at a hospital, police said.

Shiery has been sent a summons to appear in court, records show.

A man who answered an Associated Press call to Shiery's home Saturday hung up.

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