A Chambersburg woman has been charged with homicide by vehicle for the death of a 71-year-old woman who was run down in a crosswalk near a local Giant supermarket, the state attorney general’s office said Friday.
The counts against Diedra R. Penrose, 30, stem from a borough police probe of the May 14 incident on Wayne Avenue that fatally injured Joanne Marzolf. Investigators said Marzolf suffered a head injury and died in Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center three days after being struck.
video of the incident showed Penrose hit Marzolf after making an illegal left turn past a Jeep that had stopped to allow Marzolf to move through the crosswalk, they said.
Penrose also is charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment, reckless driving and failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, Attorney General Bruce Beemer said.
Jeffrey Johnson, a spokesman for Beemer, said the AG’s office was asked by the Franklin County district attorney to prosecute the case due to a potential family-related conflict of interest with the DA’s office.