MAIDENCREEK TWP., Pa. - Police are pressing charges against the driver of a tractor trailer who is accused of causing the worst accident officers say they have ever seen along Route 222. Now that charges are filed, friends are speaking out and remembering the woman who was killed.
Police say there were no sounds of screeching brakes or signs of brake lights as a tractor trailer slammed into standstill traffic on Route 222 in Maidencreek Township back on October 22, 2012.
"The driver of this tractor trailer should have seen the traffic that was stopped ahead of him," said Berks County District Attorney John Adams.
Lauren Boyer, 45, was killed when the semi slammed into a pickup truck, pushing it out of the road and then flipping her SUV. She was on her way to work at Bob Fisher Chevrolet in Muhlenberg Township where she worked for 15 years.
"She was wonderful, outgoing, friendly, bubbly. She made everybody laugh. You know, well liked, customers just loved her," said Bob Fisher Chevrolet employee Gale Rothenberger.
Her co-workers say it has been a tough grieving process over the past year.
"It seems like it has been a long time but it has been a struggle too for everyone. We are just hoping that with this around the anniversary date, it does help out with their family and give them a little piece of mind," said Bob Fisher Chevrolet employee Anita Swartz.
The driver of the truck, Emilio Perez-Pazmino, is facing charges of involuntary manslaughter and homicide by vehicle. Police say it took a year to conduct the investigation, but say they are confident Perez-Pazmino should be charged for his negligence.
"Hopefully this helps bring closure to a lot of different families here and helps others recognize the greater duty of care that they have to take on this road," said Northern Berks Regional Police Chief Scott Eaken.
Police are also calling on PennDOT to make changes to Route 222 because it is the scene of hundreds of accidents. PennDOT is in the design phase of putting in three roundabouts to relieve some of the congestion. Until that is complete, officers urge drivers to use caution.
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