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Driver Accused of Hitting, Killing Jogging Dentist in Court

Marc Graves waived his preliminary hearing

BARRETT TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - It's been one month and one day since a suspected drunk driver hit and killed a prominent dentist while she was out on her morning run.

On Thursday, the man charged with her tragic death was in court.

Marc Graves, 52, of East Stroudsburg waived his preliminary hearing. This means his case is moving forward to the Monroe County Courthouse.

Graves said nothing while leaving court Thursday. Neither did his family or defense attorney.

However, the prosecutor working this case did speak. "It's a horrific case," says Curtis Rogers, Assistant District Attorney.

In court, the Commonwealth added two additional felony charges against Graves, including Involuntary Manslaughter.

"There's never a good outcome in a case as awful and tragic as this," Rogers explains.

It was around 7 a.m. on February 28th when Lorraine Hamel, 55, was jogging on Paradise Valley Road. At the same time, Graves was driving home from the Mount Airy Casino where he played poker all night.

Another driver testified that Graves veered off the road and hit Hamel, who died instantly.

First responders say Graves smelled like alcohol and had glassy, bloodshot eyes. Graves told investigators he was tired, and admitted to having a shot and three mixed drinks at the casino.

Troopers say he failed a breath test.

Rogers says, "certainly that blood alcohol evidence is going to be important in this case."

Hamel ran a popular dental practice in Pocono Summit. Prosecutors say her family and patients are devastated.

Rogers adds, "as you would imagine, it's an incredibly difficult time for them from what I can tell."

In court, Graves' defense attorney said he's working towards resolving this case. Prosecutors say a plea deal could happen down the road, but they're also waiting for additional evidence to come in.

Hamel's family was in court, but didn't speak with reporters.


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