2011-10-27 / Local & State

Pa. Tow-truck Driver Charged In Woman's Death

WILKES- BARRE, Pa. (AP) – A tow truck driver has been charged with vehicular homicide after prosecutors say he struck and killed a stranded motorist he was sent to help.

Fifty-five-year-old Robert Wickham of Dallas, Pa., appeared before a magistrate Thursday to face charges of vehicular homicide, driving under the influence and related counts from the March 7 crash.

Police said 55-year- old Denise Polinchak of Wilkes- Barre called the tow truck because she had car trouble.

Investigators said Wickham was backing up to tow the vehicle away when the driver's side door of Polinchak's car opened, knocking her to the pavement and killing her.

Wickham said he wasn't drunk but had several beers earlier in the day because he didn’t think he’d be working.

Magisterial District Judge Diana Malast scheduled a preliminary hearing for Oct. 28.

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