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Reedsville man charged in collision with Amish buggy

REEDSVILLE — Damien Jared Robinson, of Reedsville, faces more than 40 criminal and traffic-related charges, including six counts each of accidents involving death or personal injury, aggravated assault by vehicle and accidents involving death or injury while not licensed for his alleged role in an Oct. 25 incident involving a horse and buggy with six passengers that was struck on state Route 655.

Robinson, 20, whose driver’s license was suspended for a previous DUI incident, is accused of being the driver of a pickup truck that first sideswiped a limousine and then hit the buggy hard enough to break it to pieces. Six passengers in the buggy had to be taken first to a hospital in Altoona before being flown to Pittsburgh for further treatment due to the severity of their injuries. The horse was killed.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Robinson was reported by his girlfriend, an unnamed teen, to be the passenger in the truck while she claimed to have been the driver. Police said she reported the roadway to be wet and slippery and that she claimed not to have known the truck hit the limo, although was aware of the crash with the buggy.

The occupants of the limo concurred that road conditions were less than ideal, but stated the truck fled at a high rate of speed after striking their vehicle, according to police.

A police forensics unit that investigated, along with subsequent interviews of Robinson and the teen, along with other evidence, led police to believe he was, in fact, the driver of the truck.

Robinson is being held in Mifflin County Correctional Facility in lieu of $750,000 bail. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Nov. 25 before of Magisterial District Judge Kent A. Smith.

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