Published On: Fri, Aug 18th, 2017

Sean Karner of Solebury Charged with Homicide by Vehicle in Fatal June Crash

Sean Karner.

Solebury resident Sean Karner, 37, was arraigned Friday on charges stemming from a fatal June 16 car crash.

Bucks County District Court Judge Petrucci charged him with Homicide by Vehicle While DUI, Homicide by Vehicle, Aggravated Assault by Vehicle While DUI, Aggravated Assault by Vehicle, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Controlled Substance, Reckless Driving, and other offenses.

The complaint also noted that “morphine and THC” were detected in Karner’s system after the accident.

Solebury police on June 16 responded to a two-vehicle crash on Route 202, just south of Aquetong Road. A 2013 Toyota Camry sedan occupied by Jacqueline and Ralph Grosso had been traveling northbound on Route 202 when it was rear-ended by Karner’s 2002 Ford F250 pick-up truck.

The Grossos were taken to St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne for treatment, where Ralph Grosso, 71, died from injuries received in the crash. Karner sustained minor injuries at the time.

While being interviewed by police following the crash, Karner admitted having smoked marijuana during the previous weekend and having shot up two bags of heroin five days earlier, according to the affidavit. Karner showed police needle marks on his right arm, and told them he had used Suboxone on the evening before the accident.

Bail was set by Judge Petrucci at 10% of $500,000, with a condition that Karner does not operate any motor vehicles. He was unable to post bail, and is being held at Bucks County Correctional Facility.

 

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