NORRISTOWN PA – A jury trial is under way in a Montgomery County courtroom in the case of a man facing several charges for what the prosecutor contends was “recklessness or grossly negligent conduct” that resulted in the November 2012 death of a 16-year-old Pottsgrove High School student on East High Street in Lower Pottsgrove, The Mercury newspaper reported.
Mercury writer Carl Hessler Jr. reported opening arguments were heard Monday (Feb. 6, 2017) in the trial of Robert Norman Sitler of Perkiomen, who “faces charges of homicide by vehicle, reckless driving, following two closely, speeding, improper passing, and disregarding traffic lane in connection” in connection with the death of Timothy Anthony Paciello Jr. Paciello was crossing East High near Sunnyside Avenue at night when police said he was struck by Sitler’s truck.
Sitler’s defense lawyer “suggested the incident was an unavoidable accident that involved a pedestrian who was wearing dark clothing, standing in the middle of the road, and possibly talking on a cellphone,” the story said.
The trial is expected to last about three days.
- Read Hessler’s story, titled “Trial begins for driver accused of fatal Lower Pottsgrove pedestrian crash” and published by The Mercury, here.
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