New Castle News

May 24, 2013

Hearings in fatal crashes are postponed

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — A hearing for the woman accused of striking a police cruiser and killing a Shenango Township officer has been rescheduled.

Kylee Gwen Barletto, 26, of 693 Hoover Road, will face a preliminary hearing at 1 p.m. June 6. It had been scheduled for Thursday morning.

Barletto remains in the Lawrence County jail on $250,000 bond.

She is charged with homicide by vehicle following the May 2 death of part-time Shenango officer William “Jerry” McCarthy IV.

Barletto also is charged with second-degree manslaughter of a law enforcement officer, fleeing or attempting to elude police officers, accident involving death or injury, involuntary manslaughter, recklessly endangering another person, two counts of aggravated assault, simple assault, four stop sign violations, careless driving and reckless driving.

According to court documents, Barletto was fleeing New Castle police when she hit McCarthy’s Shenango Township police cruiser on Cascade Street.

Police said Barletto was injured in the crash, as was the driver of the cruiser, Shenango officer Michael Lynch.

Following the crash, Barletto was hospitalized in St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown. She waived extradition to Pennsylvania.

Hearing in fatal motorcycle accident postponed

The preliminary hearing for the Volant woman charged in the death of a Scott Township motorcyclist has been continued.

The hearing for Laura E. Gargiulo, 42, of 2662 State Route 956, has been re-scheduled for June 20.

She faces homicide by vehicle following the May 7 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 on her cellphone 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 his motorcycle was hit from behind by Gargiulo’s vehicle.

Police said Gallatin and the bike were dragged for about 100 feet under Gargiulo’s vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.