PennDOT driver gets probation for fatal 2011 crash

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NEW BLOOMFIELD, Pa. (AP) – A Transportation Department truck driver has agreed to a plea deal and will spend two years on probation for causing an August 2011 crash in central Pennsylvania that killed a woman from Washington state.


Sixty-three-year-old Parke Hoover of Millerstown pleaded guilty as his trial was about to start Monday in Perry County Court to a single misdemeanor count of reckless endangerment.


Police said Hoover made a U-turn in his dump truck and collided with a car driven by 43-year-old Hui Satorius of Seattle. She was killed and her then-5-year-old daughter was injured.


Hoover retired from PennDOT soon afterward.


The victim’s husband, Dale Satorius of Seattle, was in court. He said he hopes Hoover’s guilty plea sends a message to motorists to drive more safely.


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