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Man jailed for June car crash in Mount Pocono

Kirk Randler of Long Pond faces charges of vehicular homicide and more

Charges filed in deadly crash

MOUNT POCONO, Pa. - A 46-year-old Monroe County man has been arrested for vehicular homicide and numerous other charges for a fatal accident that occurred in June in Mount Pocono.

Kirk Malcolm Randler of Long Pond was driving his Chevrolet Camaro at high speed along Route 611 at  8:11 p.m. June 20 when he lost control, crossed to the other side of the highway and hit an SUV, according to Mount Pocono Regional Police.

None of the Camaro's four occupants was using a seat belt, so all were thrown out of the car by the impact.

Katrina Strauser, a front seat passenger in the green Camaro, received severe head injuries and died the next day at Geisinger Wyoming Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre.

Police identified the passengers in the back seat of the Camaro as Ricky and Gunner Strauser. 

One of them told police the Camaro's speedometer hit 110 mph just before Randler lost control.

Witnesses observed Randler weaving in and out of traffic just before the crash, which happened along Route 611, south of Fork Street in Mount Pocono.

Accident reconstruction experts determined Randler was driving the Camaro north on Route 611 when he attempted to overtake another vehicle in a posted "no passing" zone.

 Driving at high speed, he lost control, went into the southbound lane and hit a gray Mitsubishi SUV.

Both vehicles received heavy front end damage.

The Mitsubishi's driver's side door had to be removed by emergency personnel to free that trapped operator and front seat passenger, who were not identified by police.

Investigators determined Randler was operating the Camaro between 81 and 91 mph in a posted 45 mph zone.

Randler has been charged with homicide by vehicle, aggravated assault by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter, recklessly endangering another person, reckless driving, speeding, failure to use seat belts, not driving in the proper lane and careless driving.

After being arrested Tuesday, he was committed to the State Correctional Institution in Hunlock Creek, Luzerne County. Bail was set at $250,000.

The defendant  resides on Sullivan Trail in Long Pond.


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