Truck driver charged in connection with deadly Lackawanna County crash

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SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Eyewitness News has learned that charges have been filed against a truck driver in connection with a deadly crash in 2016.

Johnny Coelho, 65, of Framingham, Massachusetts is charged with homicide by vehicle and involuntary manslaughter.

Pennsylvania State Police say Coelho was driving a tractor-trailer on Interstate 81 in Lackawanna County last August when the tractor-trailer veered into a crash scene, hit a pick-up truck that was involved in the crash, and pushed it into David Duchnik, Jr., 29, of Scott Township. Duchnik died from his injuries.

Duchnik was a tow-truck driver who had been called to the scene of the crash.

Coelho also faces six counts of falsifying log books regarding his driving hours. Prosecutors tell Eyewitness News that they believe Coelho drove for about 35 hours without any significant breaks.

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