Latrobe man who admitted role in fatal crash allowed to continue driving
A Latrobe man who pleaded guilty on Monday to his role in a fatal crash last year will continue to drive for two months so he can complete a sentence imposed in Florida for an unrelated drug offense.
Robert A. Foringer, 42, has been in jail since early June, when he was arrested on allegations of drunken driving in a March incident. At the time, he was free on bail awaiting disposition of a case for his involvement in a fatal traffic accident while not licensed to drive.
Foringer appeared in court on Monday and pleaded guilty to a felony charge associated with the May 17, 2013, fatal crash on Ligonier Street in Latrobe.
Police said Foringer was speeding when he rear-ended a motorcycle driven by Charles Bancroft, 42, of Latrobe. Bancroft died from his injuries.
Westmoreland County Judge Richard E. McCormick Jr. said Foringer will be formally sentenced in about two months, when he will order him to serve six to 23 months in jail. Foringer will be immediately paroled when the sentence is imposed, the judge said.
The sentence carries a mandatory one-year driver's license suspension.
Defense attorney Richard Galloway said Foringer needs those two months to complete an unrelated criminal sentence imposed in Florida.
According to court records, Foringer is in a jail diversionary program in an arrest in Florida for a drug offense.
“He has to complete stuff before the suspension goes into effect. He still has to complete 50 hours of community service,” said Westmoreland County Assistant District Attorney Allen Powanda. That is expected to take about two months.
Foringer initially was charged with vehicular homicide in Bancroft's death, but that charge was dismissed last year by Latrobe District Justice Michael Mahaday.
“It was a routine rear-end collision but wasn't routine only because the victim was on a motorcycle,” Galloway said.
Foringer still served more than 10 months behind bars before he was able to post bond, which he finally did in March. Two months later, he was arrested for drunken driving in Latrobe.
In June, Westmoreland County Judge Rita Hathaway revoked Foringer's bail, saying he was a danger to the community.
The drunken driving charge is pending.
Rich Cholodofsky is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-830-6293 or email@example.com.
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