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Luzerne County Teenager Will Stand Trial In Vehicular Death Of Nanticoke Man

Veteran Police Officers Say they have never seen such a violent crash like the one they responded to in the early morning hours of July 5th in Nanticoke that claimed the life of Nickolas Zurilla.
Nanticoke Police Chief Bill Shultz says he has never seen and will never forget what he saw on West Union Street in the early morning hours of July 5th. Shultz says he saw body parts and blood all over the street the aftermath of a car hitting 59 year old Nickolas Zurilla. Zurilla was crossing the street near his home when he was hit and killed by 16 year old Tyler Duda of Kingston Township. Duda faces a slew of charges including Third Degree Murder and Homicide by Vehicle. Prosecutors say Duda was traveling at 72 miles per hour in a 25 miles per hour speed zone when he hit Zurilla. A female friend of Duda says she was talking to a friend of Duda who was riding in the car at the time of the night and heard that passenger urging Duda to slow down and then she heard a crash and the sound of glass breaking. Defense Attorney Tim Fannick told the court it was a horrible tragic accident and not intentional. Fannick argues that Zurilla may be partly negligent in that he was wearing dark clothing may have been drunk and was walking in the middle of the street. The District Judge ruled there was enough evidence to send the case to court.
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