Vehicular homicide charge for woman in Valvano death

Agnes S. Yencho of First Street was released on $5,000 unsecured bail following her preliminary arraignment before District Judge Thomas Sharkey on Wednesday, July 23.

She was also charged with reckless driving, careless driving, turning movements and required signals, driving on roadways laned for traffic, driving on divided highways, limited access highways entrances and exits, and obedience to traffic control devices.

Frank J. Valvano, 58, a former assistant superintendent in the Tunkhannock Area School District, died at the scene of the accident April 24. He had been on his motorcycle followed by his wife, Pam, when the accident happened.

According to the criminal complaint, Yencho got onto I-81 south from Route 924 and realized she was heading the wrong direction. She attempted to use a crossover to turn around to head north; she had a hairdresser appointment.

Yencho, according to witnesses, pulled over to the right and appeared to stop, when she crossed southbound lanes to access the crossover and into the path of Valvano’s motorcycle.

Valvano and his motorcycle were knocked to the ground and came to a rest in the median, police said. Yencho’s car stopped half on the highway and half in the crossover, the complaint said. The crossover was posted with signs stating that it was for “authorized emergency vehicles” only and U-turns were prohibited, the complaint said.