Pa. woman charged with texting before fatal crash

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NEW CASTLE (AP) – A Western Pennsylvania woman has been charged with text messaging while driving in connection with a crash earlier this month that killed a former volunteer fire chief.


Online court records don’t list an attorney for 42-year-old Laura Gargiulo, of Volant, who also faces charges including homicide by vehicle and involuntary manslaughter in the wreck that killed 68-year-old Daniel Gallatin on May 7.


Gallatin was the former chief in Scott Township, about 50 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.


Police obtained a search warrant for the woman’s phone records and determined she had a text message open at the time of the crash in which she rear-ended Gallatin’s motorcycle. He and the cycle were dragged under Gargiulo’s car on Route 956 about 1:30 p.m. that day.


Gargiulo faces a preliminary hearing Thursday and her listed phone number has been disconnected.


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