Harrisburg woman charged with vehicular homicide in DUI crash in Berks – Reading Eagle

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A Harrisburg woman was driving over 90 mph while under the influence of alcohol and two illegal drugs when her car slammed head-on into another car on Route 183 near Bernville, killing a 26-year-old Reading woman, state police said in a criminal complaint.
Tamara A. Frierson, 27, was arrested Thursday on charges of homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter and driving under the influence of a combination of drugs and alcohol, along with several summary traffic counts.
She remained free to await a hearing following arraignment Thursday night before District Judge Carissa L. Johnson in Reading Central Court.
The driver of the other car, Selena Alvarez-Jackson, died at the scene of the Jan. 30 crash in the 6300 block of Bernville Road, which is Route 183, in Penn Township, officials said.
Following an investigation by state police in Reading, troopers filed charges last week against Frierson, who was seriously injured in the crash. Arrest details were unavailable.
According to investigators:
Trooper Jeffrey Davis was dispatched to the crash shortly before 2 a.m. Jan. 30.
Davis saw two sedans with crumpled front ends. One, which was occupied by Alvarez-Jackson, was pinned against a tree. Alvarez-Jackson was declared dead at the scene.
The roof of the other car had been cut off by firefighters so they could remove Frierson, who was taken to Reading Hospital for head injuries.
Davis noticed the speedometer of Frierson’s car was stuck at 102 mph.
He determined Frierson was northbound and crossed the double yellow line into the southbound lane as her car approached a right curve and collided with Alvarez-Jackson’s southbound car.
A witness traveling behind Alvarez-Jackson’s car saw the headlights of the oncoming car shift into their lane from the northbound side.
After Frierson’s car crashed into the car in front of him, he swerved to the right to avoid a collision and crashed into an embankment.
Another witness, who was two cars behind Alvarez-Jackson’s car, gave the same account and said he had to use his emergency brake to avoid colliding with the two cars in front of him.
About an hour after the crash, Troopers Collin Reber and Vincent Morgan from Troop L criminal investigations tried to interview Frierson in a trauma bay of the hospital but she was unable to be interviewed because of her condition. However, while close to her, they detected an odor of alcoholic beverage.
During an interview several hours later, she admitted having several drinks at a Leesport-area club before leaving that night. She also admitted smoking marijuana before her work shift there.
In a subsequent interview, she admitted that on the night of the crash she drank three beers that she had taken to the club to consume after work.
A blood test revealed Frierson had a blood-alcohol content of 0.082%, which is just above the legal limit for driving, and the presence of amphetamines and THC, which is the chemical in marijuana that produces a high.
An analysis of Frierson’s car by a state police crash reconstruction expert determined Frierson was traveling 91 mph at the time of the crash.
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