Man held for court in deadly 2017 accident

CLEARFIELD — A 32-year-old man will stand trial for a 2017 crash in Clearfield County that killed a 70-year-old Lock Haven woman.

Gregory Allen Millinder Jr., of Madera, Clearfield County, is charged with homicide by vehicle while DUI, aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI, homicide by vehicle, DUI, involuntary manslaughter, endangering the welfare of children, recklessly endangering another person and four traffic summaries in connection to an accident July 2, 2017, in Woodward Township, Clearfield County.

After a preliminary hearing this past Wednesday, local District Judge Jerome Nevling ruled that all charges be sent on to county court.

The hearing room was filled to capacity with more than a dozen friends and family members of the victims, The Progress newspaper in Clearfield reports.

A witness, Jeffrey Shaner of Houtzdale, who was in a vehicle traveling behind Millinder’s Jeep on Route 53 that day, testified during the hearing that he saw the Jeep swerving back and forth and then into the other lane a few times.

He was thinking about calling police when Millinder’s vehicle crossed again into the other lane where it struck the back of a Corvette before hitting another vehicle head-on, he stated.

Shaner said he pulled over and called 911.

When Shaner went to the third vehicle, a Chevrolet BelAir, he saw the driver had blood on his head and chest.

A woman was lying inside the vehicle and not moving, he said.

The female in the Bel Air was Mary Teresa Caprio, 70, of Lock Haven, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Bel Air was Gary Stover of Loganton.

A medical report from the hospital said Stover suffered life-threatening injuries including acute respiratory failure and cardiac contusions.

The driver of the Corvette was Daniel Gillette and his passenger was Susan Gillette, 67, of Moshannon.

Both were transported by ambulance to UPMC Altoona for treatment of minor injuries, according to previous articles in The Progress.

Clearfield County Coroner Kim Shaffer Snyder testified that Caprio’s cause of death was blunt force trauma.

Trooper Dennis Peters testified that, when he spoke to Millinder after the accident, he appeared to be under the influence.

Peters requested a drug recognition expert to evaluate Millinder.

After the evaluation at the police barracks, it was determined that Millinder was under the influence and incapable of safe driving, he testified.

Millinder agreed to a blood test with results that showed Millinder had amphetamine, methamphetamine, clonazepam (Klonopin), and amino clonazepam in his bloodstream.

Millinder’s attorney, Shelley Duff of Pittsburgh, deferred any closing remarks and Clearfield County District Attorney William A. Shaw Jr. said he would rely on the evidence presented at the hearing. Nevling bound over all charges to court.

Millinder is currently free on $100,000 bail.

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