Suspects in Clifford Township hit-and-run turn themselves in

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NEW MILFORD, SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Three suspects charged in the hit-and-run death of a Lackawanna County teenager have turned themselves in.

47-year-old Gloria Davis, 20-year-old Brooke Petersen, and 22-year-old Joseph Thomas turned themselves in to state police Thursday morning.

The three are facing charges related to the hit-and-run death of 17-year-old Jeremy Clark.

According to the affidavit, on Saturday around 3:00 a.m. Dominick Justice called 911 saying he and 17-year-old Jeremy Clark were laying in the roadway on State Route 171 when Jeremy was hit by a car.

EMS responded and Jeremy was pronounced dead at the scene. When troopers from PSP Gibson arrived, Dominick was not at the scene. Troopers say Gloria, her 20-year-old daughter Brooke Petersen, and Brooke’s boyfriend 22-year-old Joseph Thomas picked up Dominick from the scene.

“Case and point what this comes down to, when you’re a driver in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, anytime that you hit something causing a person to have bodily injury, death or very bad injury, it’s your duty as a citizen of the Commonwealth to stay there until emergency personnel arrive or the authorities arrive,” said Pennsylvania State Trooper Robert Urban.

Troopers then learned Brooke had been drinking and struck Jeremy with her Jeep Wrangler on State Route 171. Police say Brooke fled and returned to the scene later with Gloria, and Joseph to pick up Dominick leaving when they saw an ambulance arrive.

“And they are serious charges but if you read the affidavit it’s a tragedy all around. You can’t understand what possessed these kids to lie on the ground on Route 171 in darkness in the middle of the night,” said Paul Walker who is Brook Petersen’s Attorney.

The suspects made a pact not to tell anyone about the incident. Brooke and Joseph admitted to washing blood off the Jeep, which had scratches and damage to the undercarriage.

Petersen is facing charges of involuntary manslaughter, failure to stop and give render aid, the conspiracy of an accident/victim dies, obstruction, and tampering with physical evidece.

Thomas has been charged with conspiracy of an accident/ victim dies, obstruction, tampering with physical evidence,

Davis is facing charges of conspiracy of an accident/victim dies, and obstruction. The three preliminary hearing is set for November 9.

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