Editor's Note: This story was published August 15.
A 60-year-old woman was texting when she fatally struck a bicyclist in Mount Joy Township in April, according to police.
Phyllis L. Emery, of West Donegal Township, was charged with homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter and three summary traffic citations including texting while driving, according to court documents filed Wednesday.
Emery was driving in the 2300 block of Sheaffer Road around 4:30 p.m. April 8 when she struck a bicyclist, according to police.
The male bicyclist, 70-year-old Douglas Sager, was seriously injured and taken to Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Sager, an Elizabethtown resident, died April 17, police said.
A digital forensic unit detective from the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office searched Emery's cell phone.
Emery sent a text 60 seconds before trying to call “919,” and received a text 45 seconds before trying to make the call, according to the affidavit.
A female who lived near the scene heard the crash from inside her home. She went outside and saw that a vehicle had hit a bicyclist. Then she called 911, police said.
Emery told police at the scene that she did not see the bicyclist until she hit him.
Northwest Regional Police Officer Aaron McCoy filed charges.
Emery was arraigned by District Judge Scott Albert on Thursday. He set bail at $200,000 unsecured. Emery's listed defense attorney is Alan Goldberg of Goldberg & Beyer in Lancaster. An office spokeswoman declined to comment on the case Thursday.