The Mount Joy woman accused of causing a multi-vehicle crash that killed two Warwick High School students in October will be tried on charges including third-degree murder, a judge ruled Monday.
Police said Debra Slaymaker-Walker, 63, caused the Oct. 26 chain-reaction collision outside the high school that killed Jack R. Nicholson, 16, and Meghan Keeney, 17. A third student, 17-year-old Rylan Beebe, was seriously injured.
The crash occurred on Oct. 26 outside the high school.
District Judge Edward Tobin made his ruling following testimony from three police officers.
One of the officers, Sgt. Rodney King, of the Northern Lancaster County Regional Police Department, said Slaymaker-Walker’s Kia SUV was traveling between 73 and 77 mph before impact, according to the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office. The posted speed limit was 25 mph.
King’s investigation also showed Slaymaker-Walker’s SUV was steered toward the vehicle containing Nicholson, Keeney and Beebe, according to the district attorney’s office.
Lititz police officer Sgt. Jared Hahn and Northern Lancaster County Regional police Officer Alex Good also testified at Monday’s hearing.
A formal arraignment for Slaymaker-Walker is set for Feb. 22, when the case will be transferred to county court, according to the district attorney’s office.
Slaymaker-Walker remains under house arrest in Mount Joy on $1 million unsecured bail after being released from the hospital from her own injuries.
She was charged with two counts each of third-degree murder, homicide by vehicle and involuntary manslaughter, and one count each of aggravated assault, aggravated assault by vehicle, simple assault, hit and run, fleeing police, and reckless endangerment. She also was charged with summary counts of speeding and reckless driving.