A Centre County man charged in a head-on crash from last October that later claimed the life of an Ohio woman will soon head to trial.
According to online court documents, Steven Hunt, 27, of Julian waived his right to a preliminary hearing late last week.
State police charged Hunt earlier this year with homicide by vehicle, aggravated assault by vehicle, accidents involving death or injury without a license, reckless endangerment and numerous traffic citations stemming from an investigation into the crash, which occurred on Oct. 14, 2021 along Route 322 in Bradford Township.
Investigators say Hunt was traveling westbound along Route 322, also known as Philipsburg-Bigler Highway, when he crossed the center lane of travel and struck head-on into an Ohio couple’s truck.
According to witnesses, police say westbound traffic was momentarily slowed during the time of the crash as a commercial vehicle had stopped at a railroad crossing.
Authorities say, according to one witness, Hunt approached the traffic at a high-rate of speed and had swerved into the oncoming lane to avoid a collision in the westbound lane.
Police say the head-on collision resulted in both vehicles traveling down an embankment.
Investigators say the couple was transported by helicopter to UPMC Altoona for treatment of serious injuries.
Police say the female passenger, identified as Cheryl Mravetz, later succumbed to her injuries sustained in the crash.
Authorities also noted that Hunt was driving with a suspended license and his vehicle did not have a valid inspection.
Hunt is out on unsecured $50,000 bail, court dockets show, and his next court date is scheduled for June 8.