Wheeling Man Charged with Homicide by Vehicle in Crash that Killed Son

WASHINGTON, Pa. — A West Virginia man was charged Thursday with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence of alcohol stemming from an April crash that killed his son on Interstate 70 near Washington.

Pennsylvania State Police also charged Jonathan Brook Gracey, 52, of Wheeling, with involuntary manslaughter in the April 25 death of Robert James Gracey, 15.

The boy was ejected from the vehicle when it rear-ended a tractor-trailer that was stopped in westbound traffic in a construction zone about 11:15 p.m. near the Chestnut Street interchange just west of Washington.

Jonathan Gracey was taken to UPMC-Presbyterian hospital in Pittsburgh where his blood-alcohol level registered at .151 percent, police stated in the affidavit.

He also faces charges of homicide by vehicle and driving under the influence of alcohol.

District Judge Robert Redlinger released him on $100,000 unsecured bond.


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