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Bushkill Man Sentenced To 12 Months’ Imprisonment For Causing Serious Bodily Injury To Another Motorist As A Result Of His Reckless & Unlicensed Operation Of A Vehicle On Federal Land

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania

SCRANTON – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Fitzgerald C. Providence, age 50, of Bushkill, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on July 13, 2023, by United States District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion to 12 months’ and 1 day of imprisonment and a 1-year term of supervised release, for recklessly causing serious bodily injury to another motorist as a result of a serious motor vehicle collision that occurred on federal land.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, on September 24, 2021, on Bushkill Falls Road, within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, while unlicensed, Providence operated a motor vehicle in a criminally reckless manner by crossing into the opposing lane of travel of a two-lane road in a no-passing zone and attempting to pass three vehicles at once.  In so doing, Providence caused a head-on collision with a vehicle traveling in the opposing lane that resulted in serious bodily injury to the victim, the driver of the other vehicle.  At his sentencing, Providence was also ordered to pay restitution to the victim for lost wages and other unreimbursed medical expenses, with the specific amount to be determined by the Court within 90 days.       

This case was investigated by the National Park Service Park Police.  Assistant United States Attorney Jeffery St John prosecuted the case.

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Updated July 18, 2023