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Driver In Crash Charged With Vehicular Homicide

November 17, 2018

KINGSTON TWP. — The driver of a pickup that crashed into Frances Slocum Lake last month, mortally injuring the passenger, was charged Friday with vehicular homicide.

Adolph G. Rasmovicz Jr., 55, of Larksville, is charged with causing the Oct. 10 crash that claimed the life of Drew A. Obsitos, 53, of Shavertown.

Police said Rasmovicz admitted drinking a pint of vodka prior to getting behind the wheel. When medics asked what happened, Rasmovicz said, “I was pulling into my driveway and don’t know what happened,” according to the charges.

According to the complaint, witness Paul G. Rother Jr. reported seeing a GMC pickup enter the parking lot, drive through some parking barriers and descend a 50-foot embankment before entering the lake near the boat launch along Carverton Road around 1:30 p.m. Oct. 10.

Rother called 911 and reported seeing beer cans floating around the truck, with the two occupants arguing inside the cab, according to court documents.

He then grabbed a hammer from his vehicle and jumped into the lake, smashing out the back window of the truck, according to Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources rangers.

The complaint said Rother didn’t see any heads exposed, so he reached in and felt someone under water. Rother pulled the driver, later identified as Rasmovicz, through the driver’s side window and pulled him to the side rail of the pickup, the complaint says.

When asked if anyone else was in the truck, Rasmovicz said, “My son, my son,” according to the complaint.

Rother then returned to the cab, broke out the passenger window and pulled Obsitos out, police said. Trucksville firefighters arrived and helped Rother bring the men to shore.

Obsitos was taken to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital and placed in a medically induced coma until Oct. 16, when he was removed from life support. An autopsy determined Obsitos died of complications due to drowning.

Medics reported Rasmovicz was “visibly intoxicated” and smelled of alcohol. His words were slurred and incomprehensible, and he made the statement about pulling into his driveway, according to the complaint.

Asked why his words were so slurred, Rasmovicz explained it was because they had “too much Jagermeister to drink,” the complaint said.

During an interview on Oct. 18, Rasmovicz told a ranger he had consumed a pint of vodka and Obsitos had consumed a pint of Jagermeister prior to the crash, according to the complaint.

Tests conducted at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital revealed Rasmovicz had a blood-alcohol level of .304 percent — more than three times the legal limit for driving, the complaint said.

Park rangers charged Rasmovicz with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, driving with a blood-alcohol level greater than .02 percent while having a suspended driver’s license, careless driving and causing a fatal accident while not properly licensed.

Magisterial District Judge Brian James Tupper arraigned him on the charges Friday afternoon and set bail at $50,000.

Rasmovicz was being held at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility with a preliminary hearing set for Nov. 27.

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