April 21, 2018

Man sentenced for DUI crash that killed three


MILFORD – An Easton man was sentenced to a period of 6 years to 20 years in state prison for his role in a 2015 one- vehicle DUI crash in Greentown that killed three men.  Thomas Howey Jr., had pled guilty on February 2nd this year to the charges of Homicide by Vehicle While DUI, Homicide by Vehicle, Driving Under the Influence and Driving at an Unsafe Speed.

On November 29, 2015, Howey was driving a pickup truck with three passengers, Barry Foose, Jr., 46, Timothy Gerhard, 58, and Eric Dunbar 38.  All were from the Easton area. 

The men had driven to a bar in Newfoundland, then a grocery store and were headed back to Howey’s hunting cabin while driving on Mozzette Road in Greentown.  While going around a curve, the vehicle crashed into two trees off the roadway.  Foose, Gerhard and Dunbar died at the scene. Howey was also injured in the crash and flown by helicopter to Lehigh Valley Hospital.

State Police determined that Howey was travelling at approximately 70 mph at the time of the crash on a section of road where the posted speed limit was 30 mph.  Testing of Howey’s blood alcohol level showed a result of .14%, which is well over the legal limit of .08%.

District Attorney Ray Tonkin, who prosecuted the case, thanked the State Police for their thorough investigation and stated, “while justice was served today, which appropriately included a lengthy state prison sentence, my heart goes out to the victims’ families who will be affected by this for the rest of their lives.”

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