Ephrata Police have completed the investigation of fatal vehicle accident that occurred on August 21, 2018 on Route 222 southbound in the area of the Mohler Church Road overpass in Ephrata Township.
At 8:41 p.m. Ephrata Police received calls that a male, who was not wearing a shirt, was walking in the middle of a southbound lane of Route 222 near mile marker 41 behaving in a bizarre manner. The male was walking toward traffic. At 8:44 p.m. police were notified that the male had been struck by a southbound vehicle. The weather at the time was a heavy downpour with low visibility. The victim was located in the area of mile marker 41.6 on the southbound shoulder. He was deceased upon police arrival. Preliminary investigation revealed that a minivan driven by Po Hser Hser, 37, of Lititz, was traveling southbound on Rt. 222 in the right lane when the driver observed a male subject in the lane of travel. The driver attempted to avoid striking the male but was not able to do so. The male was identified as Carlos A. Paredes-Pena, 24, of Ephrata.
The Ephrata Police Department accident reconstruction team investigated the crash with assistance from the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office. A toxicology analysis revealed that Paredes-Pena’s blood contained illicit controlled substances. The concentration of drugs in Paredes-Pena’s system is known to cause irrational behavior including confusion and hallucinations. Parades-Pena’s actions were consistent with someone confused, hallucinating and acting irrationally.
Po Hser Hser will not be charged with any violations.