Woman headed to trial for fatal DUI crash in East Lampeter

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – A woman charged in a fatal crash in East Lampeter Township last year is one step closer to trial.

Patricia J. Halgash, 42, waived her preliminary hearing Friday and allowed the charges to move to county court, according to the Lancaster County district attorney’s office.

Authorities say Halgash had a blood-alcohol content of .19 percent when she caused a March 13, 2014 collision in the 1800 block of Old Philadelphia Pike.

Halgash, formerly of Reinholds, veered right and struck a curb, then went back across the roadway and struck a 1978 Chevrolet Caprice nearly head-on.

The driver of the Chevrolet, 72-year-old Sharon M. Mulhatten of Lancaster, died at Lancaster General Hospital. Her son, 52-year-old Troy M. Mulhatten, also of Lancaster, was seriously injured.

Authorities said Halgash was drinking at a nearby bar before the crash, and had been billed for six pints of a beer with a high amount of alcohol.

Halgash is charged with counts including homicide by vehicle, homicide by vehicle while under the influence, aggravated assault by vehicle, aggravated assault by vehicle while under the influence, and DUI.

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