MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH INVOLVING SERIOUS INJURIES
MCARDLE'S PUB, MOSELEM SPRINGS ROAD
On January 16, 2019, at approximately 11:45 a.m., the Fleetwood Borough Police Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle crash involving two vehicles and two individuals with serious injuries. Upon arrival, officers found one truck in the roadway and a car crashed into a building, known as McArdle’s Pub. Officers were also given information that the truck was placed into reverse three times and again struck the car.
As a result of the investigation into the crash by the Fleetwood Borough Police Department and the Berks County Crash Reconstruction Task Force, it was determined that George Stichter was driving the work truck south on Moselem Springs Road when he failed to fully negotiate a turn in the roadway. Mr. Stichter’s truck left the roadway and struck the car which was legally parked off the roadway and occupied by Peter Tamoski and Michael Berg. The crash caused the car to be propelled into the building and causing serious injury to both Mr. Tamoski and Mr. Berg. As a result, due to a smell of alcohol on Mr. Stichter’s breath and his admission to the smoking of marijuana two days prior, Mr. Stichter was asked to submit to chemical testing of his blood. The results showed that Mr. Stichter had both the active and inactive components of marijuana in his system.
Consequently, it was determined that at the time of the crash, Mr. Stichter was under the influence of alcohol and/or controlled substance and this led to the crash and serious injury of both Mr. Tamoski and Mr. Berg.
On April 22, 2019, Mr. Stichter was charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault by Vehicle While Driving Under the Influence, three counts of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and/or Controlled Substance, two counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person, two counts of Careless Driving Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, Driving on Roadways Laned for Traffic, and Limitations on Backing for his actions on January 16, 2019, that ultimately lead to serious injury to Peter Tamoski and Michael Berg.
As in every criminal case, the fact that an arrest has occurred or a complaint has been filed is merely an accusation, and the Defendant, George Stichter, is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.