Mt. Pleasant trucker cited for traffic violations in wreck that killed trooper
A tractor-trailer driver accused of killing a state trooper in October when he ran a stop sign and broad-sided his patrol car has been charged with traffic violations, according to court records.
State police on Tuesday charged Gregory Golkosky, 48, of Mt. Pleasant with careless driving and failing to obey a stop sign in connection with the Oct. 4 incident that killed Trooper Blake T. Coble, 47, who was assigned to Troop D in Beaver County.
Police say Golkosky was driving south on Route 168 in South Beaver in Beaver County, when he ran a stop sign at the intersection of Blackhawk Road.
Coble, a 24-year veteran of the state police, was three months from retirement. He is survived by his wife, who was a dispatcher at the same barracks as her husband, and two children.
Conviction on both offenses would result in a maximum penalty of a little more than $700 in fines and court costs, according to Beaver Falls District Judge C. Douglas Loughner, who will hear the case.
State police on Wednesday said no additional charges are expected to be filed.
Beaver County District Attorney Anthony Berosh could not be reached for comment.
Tony LaRussa is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7987 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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