Driver in Jan. fatal had prior convictions
Theodore Luciw, 50, charged in crash that killed Rachel C. Wolfe.
Last Modified: April 22. 2013 2:10PM
SHICKSHINNY – A Berwick man with two prior convictions for drunken driving was charged Wednesday with homicide by motor vehicle while driving drunk in connection with a crash that killed an 84-year-old woman in January.
Theodore Luciw, 50, of Hosicks Road, was arraigned on charges he drove his pickup truck into a car driven by Rachel C. Wolfe of Berwick on Jan. 4 on Route 11 in Salem Township.
According to an arrest affidavit, Luciw was traveling at a high rate of speed when he tried to pass another vehicle in the “turn only” lane and collided head-on with Wolfe’s car. A blood-alcohol test revealed he had an alcohol level of 0.263 percent, more than three times the legal limit of 0.8 percent.
Luzerne County Court records show Luciw was previously convicted of drunken driving charges in 1998 and 2003, and is currently awaiting trial on a third drunken-driving charge lodged against him on April 11, three months after he was involved in the fatal crash with Wolfe.
In the April case, Luciw was arrested on April 7 by a Salem Township police officer who witnessed him driving erratically on Route 11.
When asked by the officer if he had been drinking, Luciw replied, “Yes, what do you think? I have to live with myself every day now since I killed that girl,” according to the arrest affidavit.
Luciw has been held at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility since April 26, when the District Attorney’s Office sought to revoke his bail on an unrelated charge of simple assault. He was arraigned Wednesday via video by District Judge John Hasay, who set bail at $100,000.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 25.