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Bradley Wolfe charged with murder in crash that killed man in Reading

'I'm gonna drive right into the first car I see,' Wolfe allegedly told his wife

Charges filed in deadly crash on Bingaman Street Bridge

READING, Pa. - A deadly crash on the Bingaman Street Bridge in Reading last September was no accident, police said.

They've filed third degree murder, homicide by vehicle and other charges against one of the drivers, Bradley Wolfe.

Wolfe was arguing with his wife and told her he was going to run into the first car he saw coming over the bridge, which he did, according to court documents.

"The driver of the other vehicle was killed immediately upon impact," said Sgt. Matthew Schappell, Reading Police Dept.

Police investigated the case for months and reconstructed what happened. They said Wolfe, the driver of the BMW, didn't accidentally hit the Honda.

They said he was involved in an unrelated assault case, and he and his wife had just left the courthouse.

"They were apparently arguing. This was a result of this argument," said Schappell, adding that witnesses told investigators the car was driving erratically before it got to the bridge.

"His wife was in the vehicle," said Schappell. "Our investigation revealed that he made comments he was going to kill the both of them and crash the car into the next thing he saw."

The next thing they saw was Lance Quinones' red Honda in the opposite lane. Quinones, 25, was killed. His 7-year-old stepdaughter was injured.

"Witness statements and the accident reconstruction indicate he traveled at a high rate of speed and went directly into an oncoming vehicle, killing the driver of that vehicle," said Schappell.

Based on the reconstruction, police said Wolfe was going between 46 and 50 miles per hour when he hit the car. Police expected Wolfe to turn himself in Wednesday.


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