Details Surrounding Head-On Collision in Downtown Brookville Released

BROOKVILLE BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – The details of a head-on collision in downtown Brookville that led to charges for an Ohio man have been released.

Court documents indicate the Brookville Borough Police on November 3 filed criminal charges against 20-year-old Zachary V. Herman, of Vanwert, Ohio.

According to a criminal complaint, around 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 29, Brookville Borough Police were dispatched to a two-vehicle accident on State Route 36 near the post office.

At the scene, police found a red F-150 pick-up truck facing south partially blocking the northbound lane and a red Mazda sedan facing north in the left turning lane with both drivers standing on the sidewalk nearby.

When questioned by police, both drivers indicated they were not injured in the crash, according to the complaint.

Police then spoke to Zachary Herman, who was one of the involved drivers.

Herman told police that he was driving too fast and lost control, then struck the other vehicle head-on. When asked if he struck anything else, since his vehicle also had damage to the rear passenger side, he said he wasn’t sure, according to the complaint.

The complaint notes Herman provided police with a current registration card and insurance card, but he said that he “forgot his license at home.” Police then attempted to look up Herman’s driver’s license but found no record.

Police then spoke to Herman’s probation officer and found that his license was suspended from a crash earlier in the year, according to the complaint.

Police also spoke to the other driver/victim who reported he was stopped for a traffic light when he was struck, head-on, by Herman’s vehicle. The victim indicated he didn’t even know where Herman had come from.

The victim was subsequently taken to the hospital by a family member to be checked out. Police later spoke to the victim’s family member who reported that he was being treated for a concussion and hip pain.

According to the complaint, a witness reported that he had observed Herman “driving very reckless” from the Brockville Area High School. The witness said Herman’s red truck “came flying out of the high school” in front of him and then ran the stop sign by the library.

The witness reported he was stopped at the red light at the bottom of Valley Street and Main Street when the truck came down North White Street by the Presbyterian Church at a high rate of speed, going the wrong direction on the one-way street. He said the truck then went straight through the red light at Main Street and Valley Street and struck the other vehicle.

On November 1, police also received a call from the Union Apartments on Main Street and met with the property owner who reported discovering damage to his metal porch railing.

The complaint notes police found red paint on the railing that was consistent with the paint on the red truck that Herman had been driving. Police then also found a tail lens that belonged to Herman’s truck at the scene.

The following charges were filed against Herman through Magisterial District Judge Gregory M. Bazylak’s office on November 3:

– Accidents Involving Death or Injury While Not Licensed, Misdemeanor 2
– Drive While Operator Privilege Suspended Or Revoked, Summary
– Reckless Driving, Summary
– Careless Driving, Summary
– Driving Without A License, Summary
– Duties At Stop Sign, Summary
– Accident Damage To Unattended Vehicle Or Property, Summary

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on December 21, with Judge Bazylak presiding.


Driver Faces Charges in Head-On Collision in Brookville Borough

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