New Castle News

June 21, 2013

Hearing postponed in fatal crash

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — The preliminary hearing for a woman charged in the death of a motorcyclist has been continued.

No date has been set for the hearing for Laura E. Gargiulo, 42, of 2662 State Route 956, Volant.

She faces homicide by vehicle charges following the death of Daniel E. Gallatin, 68, of Scott Township.

She also has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, prohibition of text-based communication, careless driving, reckless driving, accidents involving damage to attended vehicle and aggravated assault by vehicle.

She remains free on $50,000 bond.

Hickory Township police said Gargiulo is believed to have been texting at the time of the crash.

According to police, Gallatin was eastbound on Route 956 about 1:30 p.m. May 7 when he slowed to make a turn and Gargiulo hit his bike from behind.