A Mississippi man admitted he was drunk when he slammed his tractor-trailer into backed-up traffic near Harrisburg, killing three people and injuring numerous others, in October.
Jack E. Satterfield III, 30, of McComb, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Dauphin County court to three counts each of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, homicide by vehicle and leaving the scene of a fatal crash, along with other charges. He will be sentenced in Aug. 6.
The Oct. 12 crash happened at 8:30 p.m. on Interstate 83 in Lower Paxton Township and involved 11 vehicles. Traffic had been slowed or stopped ahead of Satterfield when he came upon them and failed to slow down, according to prosecutors.
Killed were: Zachary Lybrand, 24, of Middletown, his 18-month-old daughter Elliana, and Ethan VanBochoven, 22, of Pompton Plains, New Jersey.
Satterfield admitted drinking three large margaritas and a beer at a restaurant in New Jersey, and continued drinking as he drove the rig, according to prosecutors. A bottle of Jagermiester and an empty six-pack of beer were found in the cab. His blood alcohol content was measured at 0.152% nearly three hours after the crash, prosecutors said.
Police found Satterfield in a parking lot among a crowd watching the aftermath, wearing socks but no shoes.