Charges Filed in Deadly Great Bend Township Hit & Run

Published 03/10 2014 04:50PM

Updated 03/10 2014 06:13PM

Nearly two months after a deadly pedestrian crash in Susquehanna County, state police have filed charges in the case.

Roger Radakovich of Hallstead was arraigned Monday morning on homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter and other charges.

Troopers say after the 25-year-old suspect hit-and-killed Earl Youngs he took off but then came back to the scene in a different vehicle.

When state police were able to sort out all of the details of what happened, Radakovich allegedly admitted to police that he hit the victim and panicked.

"I'm just, I'm relieved that there's finally going to be, hopefully, some justice served," Alyssa Wright said.

Wright has been taking things day-by-day since her fiance Earl Youngs was killed on Route 11 in Great Bend Township on January 15th.

Monday, Roger Radakovich tried sneaking out a side door of a magistrate's office with his face covered after being charged in connection with the case.

"It doesn't make it any easier but I'm hoping these extra charges will maybe mean that he'll get the time that he deserves," Alyssa Wright said.

According to state police, Radakovich was driving a Jeep Liberty, which is now impounded at the Gibson barracks.

Troopers say the car had no proper inspection sticker and no insurance and investigators believe Radakovich was driving too fast, allegedly between 43 and 53 miles an hour, in very foggy conditions.

Family and friends of the victim have been waiting for justice.

"It seems like it has been taking a long time and just knowing that he's been allowed to live his life, go to work, go out with his friends, Earl can't do that anymore," Joan Wright said.

A memorial to Earl Youngs now sits along Route 11 near the Valley Lanes Bowling Alley where the crash happened.

"It's very hard to walk out my door everyday and having to see it, I can't drive anywhere without seeing it but I love that people are adding their own personal things to it, like on his birthday there were birthday balloons," Alyssa Wright said.

Radakovich was released on $25,000 unsecured bail.

That is upsetting to the victims family and friends.

"Just to be able to sign some papers and walk out it doesn't seem right, it doesn't seem right to me but at least he was arrested," Joan Wright said.

At this point, there is no indication that alcohol played a role in the crash. Court papers indicate the suspect may have been coming home from work at the time.

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