AG: ‘Reckless’ driver fatally struck woman in grocery store parking lot

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A Franklin County woman has been charged with vehicular homicide for fatally striking another woman in a grocery store parking lot.

Deidra R. Penrose, 30, of Chambersburg, is accused of driving recklessly May 14 when she struck 71-year-old Joanne Marzolf in a crosswalk at the Giant food store on Wayne Avenue, Attorney General Bruce Beemer’s office said Friday.

According to the criminal complaint, surveillance video shows a driver in a Jeep SUV stopped for Marzolf to cross. Penrose, who was waiting to exit a nearby parking aisle, turned left to go around the Jeep – in the oncoming traffic lane – and struck Marzolf in the marked crosswalk.

Marzolf was knocked to the pavement and suffered a serious head injury. She died at a hospital three days later.

Investigators wrote in the complaint that Penrose “negligently overlooked the possibility of a pedestrian in the crosswalk and hurried to beat the Jeep as it started to pull away.”

Penrose is also charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, and failure to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

She was released after an arraignment Friday on $50,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 1.

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