Lehigh Valley

Easton man charged in fatal Route 22 DUI crash

One passenger killed, one suffered broken pelvis

HANOVER TWP., Pa. - A Northampton County man already serving time for a drunk driving conviction is now facing charges in connection with a drunk driving wreck along Route 22 that killed one of his passengers last summer.

Authorities charged Sheldon L. Krock with vehicular homicide, vehicular homicide while driving under the influence and related offenses for allegedly causing the four-vehicle wreck in Hanover Township, Lehigh County, in August 2016 that killed Renee Tenasse. Authorities said Tenasse’s three children were in the truck during the crash and escaped serious injury.

District Judge Michael D’Amore arraigned the 52-year-old Thursday morning, setting bail at $200,000. Krock, of South Mulberry Street in Easton, is already in Northampton County Prison serving a three- to six-month prison term for DUI. He pleaded guilty in November and began serving his sentence Dec. 2.

The crash occurred about 11:40 p.m. Aug. 19 on westbound Route 22 near the Fullteron Avenue interchange. When Pennsylvania State Police from the Bethlehem barracks arrived, troopers found a four-vehicle crash with a badly damaged Ford F150 pickup on its roof.

Police said they found Krock partially trapped on the passenger side of the truck. He indicated he was the truck’s owner and that he had been driving.

Authorities found two other men sitting on the highway. Andre Johnson explained he was in the backseat and that Krock was arguing with another passenger in the backseat. Krock, who had allegedly been drinking at a party earlier that night, turned his head to break up the argument, according to court records.

The other man, Robert Pierce, suffered a fractured pelvis in the crash.

Police pulled an unconscious Tenasse from a passenger side window and immediately began CPR. The Lehigh County Coroner’s Office later pronounced her dead at the scene of the crash.

Authorities said her three juvenile children were also in the truck and sitting along the guardrail when state police arrived.

The driver of a Chevy Cruz told investigators at the scene that the F150 hit his car from behind and rolled several times. The driver of a Mazda told police the truck struck her car from behind forcing her car into a Volvo that was driving in front of her.

A blood sample taken from Krock at Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest about an hour after the crash revealed a blood-alcohol level of 0.11 percent, according to court records. Most drunk driving offenses start at 0.08 percent.

Authorities charged Krock with vehicular homicide, aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI, vehicular homicide while DUI, involuntary manslaughter, two counts of DUI, 11 counts of reckless endangerment and a handful of summary traffic offenses.

His next court date is a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for Feb. 9.

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