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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Driver Sentenced In 2004 Pedestrian Accident

A Coudersport man has been sentenced in Potter County court for simple assault and reckless endangerment. Gary Meacham, Jr., 35, drove his car across the intersection of Water Street and North Main Street on the afternoon of October 9, 2004 as a crowd lined the street for the Potter County Bicentennial parade.

His car continued up onto the sidewalk and struck a 15 year old Coudersport girl propelling her into the Allegany River Channel, several feet below causing severe life-threatening injuries.

According to District Attorney Dawn Fink, Meacham’s conduct was “reckless in that he regularly suffered from debilitating seizures and knew or should have known that his operation of a vehicle placed others at risk for death or serious bodily injury.”

Meacham as placed in the Intermediate Punishment Program for 23-1/2 months; the first three of which will be spent in the Potter County jail. At the end of three months, he will be released on Electronic Home Detention for another 60 days.

He was ordered to pay all costs and fees, and to make restitution of nearly $7,000 plus perform 50 hours of community service.

The DA explained that as a special condition, Meacham will take medication as required and will not hold a Pennsylvania Driver’s license under any circumstances.

From WFRM News

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