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Trucker accused in crash that killed Middletown man, infant daughter, heading to county court

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

717-944-4628
Posted 11/16/18

The 29-year-old Mississippi truck driver blamed for the Oct. 12 accident on Interstate 83 that caused the death of a Middletown man and his infant daughter is heading for Dauphin County …

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Trucker accused in crash that killed Middletown man, infant daughter, heading to county court

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The 29-year-old Mississippi truck driver blamed for the Oct. 12 accident on Interstate 83 that caused the death of a Middletown man and his infant daughter is heading for Dauphin County Court.

Jack Satterfield waived a Nov. 15 preliminary hearing before District Judge Joseph S. Lindsey, according to online court documents.

Satterfield is to be arraigned on all 13 charges in county court Jan. 4 before Judge Deborah E. Curcillo.

Satterfield is charged with three felony counts each of accident involving death or personal injury, accident involving death/personal injury — not properly licensed, homicide by vehicle while DUI, and homicide by vehicle.

He is also charged with one misdemeanor count of DUI. He has been held in Dauphin County Prison without bail since his arrest on Oct. 13.

According to arrest papers filed by State Police, Satterfield was driving a Volvo tractor-trailer that slammed into the rear of a car driven by Zachary Lybrand, 24, and his 16-month old daughter Elliana, both of Middletown, on the evening of Oct. 12.

Lybrand and Elliana both were killed. The impact of the crash caused a chain reaction that involved a total of 12 vehicles and also resulted in the death of Ethan Van Bochoven, a 22-year-old Messiah College senior from Pompton Plains, New Jersey.

According to police Satterfield had drank five double-shot margaritas and two or three beers earlier the same day at a Mexican restaurant in New Jersey.

Satterfield was also driving without having a valid commercial driver’s license, according to police.

His license had been suspended after Satterfield pleaded guilty in Mississippi to possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Satterfield at the time of the accident was also wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant filed in Cumberland County Court for a fare evasion traffic citation that Satterfield received on April 14, according to a lawsuit that has been filed by Jessica Lybrand of Middletown, the widow of Zachary Lybrand and the mother of Elliana.

The lawsuit seeks damages against Satterfield, the company he was driving for — Greentree Logistics of Lakeville, Minnesota — and J.D. Eckman Inc. of Atglen, the company awarded the $104.7 million contract for the I-83 construction project.

The lawsuit, filed in Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, contends that Eckman did not provide motorists with adequate advance warning regarding the changing traffic patterns on I-83 brought on by the project.