2009-03-26 / Front Page

Juvenile Certified As Adult In Fatal Crash

Cases involving Bobby Smith, Ronald Robinson continue
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

A 17-year-old former Hustontown area boy was certified as an adult earlier this month in the Fulton County Court of Pleas and now faces felony charges of vehicular homicide while driving under the influence of alcohol.

Robert "Bobby" Charles Smith, whose current address is listed as 4638 Letterkenny Road, Chambersburg, appeared before Judge Carol Van Horn on March 12 in regard to the August 3 collision that claimed the life of 14- year-old Joshua Timothy Wilt Jr. of Hustontown.

Wilt's death was linked to blunt force trauma to both the chest and abdomen area, Blair County Coroner Patricia Ross previously stated. He nor the driver of the automobile, Smith, were wearing seat belts when their 1992 Isuzu Amigo struck an embankment at 12:13 a.m. along North Hess Road in Taylor Township. Both Wilt and Smith were ejected from the vehicle.

Neither drugs or alcohol were present in Wilt's body at the time of the crash, Ross added in her findings.

As a result of Smith being certified as an adult, he is scheduled to undergo mandatory arraignment on one count each of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, homicide by vehicle, the purchase or consumption of alcohol by a minor and two counts of driving under the influence. Smith was released on his own recognizance and was instructed to refrain from contacting the victim's family.

Arraignment is tentatively scheduled for April 14 at the Fulton County Courthouse at 9 a.m. Smith will be represented in court proceedings by defense attorney Eric Weisbrod.

If found guilty of vehicular homicide while driving under the influence, Smith, according to Fulton County District Attorney Travis Kendall, faces a minimum three-year prison sentence.

Meanwhile, fellow Hustontown resident Ronald "Charlie" Robinson of 175 North Hess Road, who allegedly provided Smith and several other teens alcohol in the hours prior to the fatal accident, has made notice to the court of his defense of "insanity or mental infirmity." Robinson is represented by attorney Dwight Harvey.

Charges against Robinson include four counts each of the corruption of minors, recklessly endangering another person and selling or furnishing liquor, malt or brewed beverages to minors. All charges are misdemeanors ranging from first- to third-degree offenses.

Robinson has been free on posted bail since October 7, 2008, after being picked up on an arrest warrant only three days after the crash. In an affidavit of probable cause filed by state police investigators at the McConnellsburg state police barracks, Robinson reportedly drove Smith to K&K Budget Beer Outlet in Fort Littleton and used the teen's money to purchase an 18-pack of Busch beer. The duo returned to Robinson's residence where they both allegedly drank two 16-ounce cans of beer.

Police further maintain through the charging documents that Robinson and the boy proceeded to the 300 block of North Hess Road, where two female juveniles from Winchester, Va., ages 16 and 14, were invited to Robinson's residence to drink beer. Robinson told state police he had given alcohol to Wilt as well.

The two girls were charged for underage drinking for their role in the day's events. The location of the girls' arrest was reported as West Frick Road, Waterfall.

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