A Harrisburg woman had a furious look on her face before running and killing her boyfriend with his pickup truck at a busy intersection in the city, a truck driver who witnessed the crash said Wednesday.
Joseph Simon, who was seated in his platform at Cameron Street and Arsenal Boulevard when the fatal crash at the evening rush hour on October 10, 2019, recounted the scene during the second day of the Dauphin County homicide trial against the driver of the van, 40. – years Dolly Hendrickes.
“Could you see it in his face?” Rage or anger, ”asked first deputy public defender Paul Muller.
“All of that,” replied Simon.
Muller claims Hendrickes was in an “uncontrollable rage” and unable to think rationally when she crushed 68-year-old Andres Claudio.
Prosecutors Stephen Zawisky and Julie Jacobs argue that Hendrickes willfully killed Claudio. They seek a conviction for first degree murder and a life sentence for Hendrickes.
One of the first things Jacobs did after calling Simon to the witness stand was to broadcast video of the crash that was caught by the dash cam of Simon’s semi-trailer. Video shows the van cross in front of the truck and hit Claudio as he crossed the wide triangular concrete median at the intersection.
Investigators say Hendrickes continued after hitting Claudio, dragging him under the van for several meters before his bruised body was left on the road as she drove away.
Simon testified that he heard a woman screaming in anger from the van moments before the accident. He said he saw the man who was struck exit the passenger side of the van and quickly walk away. The driver threw a bag of groceries at her out the window, Simon said. Police said the bag contained frozen chicken.
Simon identified Hendrickes as the driver of the van. He said he honked his horn to warn Claudio as Hendrickes started turning the van towards him because “because of the anger on her face you knew she was about to do something”.
“She hit my truck, jumped over the curb and hit the guy,” Simon said.
Jonathan Bowman, who was stopped next to Simon’s truck at a red light, said he also heard “scream, scream” coming from Hendrickes’ van. He also saw “hands waving,” he said.
Bowman told the jury that he saw the van hit Simon’s truck and jump off the curb as he headed towards Claudio, but did not see the actual collision because the semi-trailer was blocking him. view.
George Park, another driver at the scene, said he witnessed the impact. “It’s probably the worst thing I have ever seen,” he said.
He said he too heard screams coming from the van and saw arms waving. The male passenger got out and walked away and a bag of groceries flew out of the passenger side window, Park recalls.
Park said he saw the van jump off the sidewalk and head towards the walking man. “My immediate thought was, ‘Oh my God, they’re going to hit him,’ he said.
The van struck the man, stopped for a moment, then knocked him over and dragged him across the median before pulling away, Park said. He said he used his car to block the road so that no one would run over the stricken man.
“There was blood coming out of his mouth. He was gurgling, ”Park said. “Part of his face was actually lying on its side on the road.”
Medical examiner Dr Wayne Ross said Claudio suffered massive injuries, including multiple fractures and damage to his internal organs. He said Claudio’s body was a mass of bruises and lacerations. A mark on the left side of Claudio’s back showed where he was stuck by the hood of the van, Ross said.
He described a major injury to the right side of Claudio’s head.
“It was almost like he had been scalped,” Ross said. “This could be due to impact with the ground or the edge of the tire.”