Man involved in fatal crash waives hearing

A North Phil­adelphia man waived a pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing last week on charges stem­ming from an al­co­hol-re­lated crash that claimed the life of a Wissi­nom­ing wo­man in Feb­ru­ary. Eric Lu­ciano, 34, re­mains free on $100,000 bail pending an Oct. 9 ar­raign­ment in Com­mon Pleas Court. He is ac­cused of hom­icide by vehicle while driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence and re­lated of­fenses in con­nec­tion with the Feb. 24 death of Teresa Marquard, 58, of the 6100 block of Gillespie St.

Marquard and her hus­band were walk­ing north­bound on the 5700 block of Frank­ford Ave., ad­ja­cent to Wissi­nom­ing Park, at about 9:36 a.m. when Lu­ciano al­legedly lost con­trol of his south­bound 1999 Pon­tiac Montana. The vehicle veered in­to on­com­ing traffic, moun­ted a curb and struck Marquard on the side­walk be­fore hit­ting a tree. Po­lice said that the vic­tim saw the van com­ing, screamed and pushed her hus­band out of harm’s way. 

Marquard lost con­scious­ness and was hos­pit­al­ized with bleed­ing of the head and legs. She was pro­nounced dead at 10:01 a.m. Lu­ciano was crit­ic­ally in­jured in the crash with un­dis­closed in­jur­ies. 

Au­thor­it­ies didn’t charge him ini­tially, but opened an in­vest­ig­a­tion that led to his May 29 ar­rest. Res­ults of Lu­ciano’s blood test were not dis­closed pub­licly. Court doc­u­ments list him as a res­id­ent of the 19140 ZIP code in the city’s Hunt­ing Park sec­tion.

Lu­ciano was ordered to stand tri­al for hom­icide by vehicle while DUI as well as simple as­sault, reck­less en­dan­ger­ment, in­vol­un­tary man­slaughter, fire­arms of­fenses and re­lated charges. ••

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