Woman in Route 28 crash has outstanding warrants
The woman whose SUV struck a disabled car on Route 28 in East Deer on Thursday, seriously injuring the car's driver, has two outstanding arrest warrants lodged against her for driving with a suspended license.
Rachel R. Bailie, 23, of Snyder Lane, Fawn, is wanted by East Deer and Fawn police, court records show.
According to arrest warrants on file with Harmar District Judge David Sosovicka's office, Bailie was charged by East Deer police for driving with a suspended license on March 21.
The charge resulted from a traffic accident in which Bailie's car was struck from behind by another vehicle. Although she faced no charges from that accident, a background check found her license had been suspended.
A clerk for District Judge Carolyn Bengel's office, where the charge originally was filed, said Bailie didn't respond to the summary offense, didn't attend a hearing and didn't reply to a letter stating that she was subject to an arrest warrant.
Court records show a second arrest warrant for driving with a suspended license was issued by Fawn police on April 6, when she also was cited for allowing two children, ages 1 and 5, to ride in her vehicle's front seat instead of in the required child safety seats.
All of those charges are summary offenses, which usually result in fines. But court employees say Bailie never responded to the complaints, so an arrest warrant was issued.
PennDOT spokesman Richard Kirkpatrick said privacy laws forbid the agency from saying why Bailie lost her license.
Kirkpatrick said anyone convicted of driving with suspended or revoked driving privileges would have their license suspended for one year and one year for each subsequent violation.
Driver in critical condition
John P. Jaycox, 61, of Wood Street, Harrison, remained in critical condition Friday in UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh.
Police said Jaycox was sitting on the trunk of his car Thursday along the shoulder of Route 28 southbound near the Bailies Run Road on-ramp when his vehicle was struck from behind by Bailie's SUV. The impact threw Jaycox onto the highway and forced the closure of the road between the Tarentum and Pittsburgh Mills interchanges for more than five hours.
Police said Jaycox was awaiting help to change a flat tire.
Bailie was cited for careless driving in the incident. She suffered a facial injury. Two children in her SUV were not injured. Both were in safety seats, according to police.
Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4711 or firstname.lastname@example.org.