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Middletown resident, infant daughter killed in I-83 crash; police say truck driver was drunk

By Jason Maddux

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Posted 10/17/18

A Middletown man and his 16-month-old daughter died Friday in a crash on Interstate 83 that was caused by a truck driver who told State Police he drank five double-shot margaritas and two or three …

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Middletown resident, infant daughter killed in I-83 crash; police say truck driver was drunk

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A Middletown man and his 16-month-old daughter died Friday in a crash on Interstate 83 that was caused by a truck driver who told State Police he drank five double-shot margaritas and two or three beers earlier that evening.

The crash on I-83 northbound near Union Deposit Road involved 12 vehicles, and occurred when Jack Edward Satterfield III, 29, of McComb, Mississippi, failed to stop his white Volvo tractor-trailer for traffic that had slowed, State Police said. He did not have a valid commercial driver’s license, according to arrest documents.

Zachary Lybrand, 24, and his daughter, Elliana, died. Also killed was Messiah College senior Ethan Van Bochoven, 22, of Pompton Plains, New Jersey.  

According to his Facebook page, Lybrand was a debt collector at Penn Credit Corp. He had studied at HACC and originally was from Carlisle, where he went to high school. He was married last year.

Lybrand’s wife, Jessica, said in a Facebook post: “I will never hold my babies again. I just want to hear his voice, hear him say I love you just one more time. I just want to hold onto my baby. My sweet precious princess. ... He was just 24 years young and she only got to live on this Earth for 16.5 months, 527 very happy, beautiful, short days, Every single day and night was spent with me.”

Accident was severe

Satterfield, a driver for Greentree Logistics, fled the scene, according to State Police, without rendering aid or contacting police. After being arrested a short time later, he told police that he had “crossed the interstate, hopped a fence, and ran to a hotel parking lot where he observed the crash from a distance,” according to arrest papers.

Seven other people were taken to a local hospital for nonlife-threatening injuries. 

State Police did not report how they found Satterfield. He was booked at Dauphin County Prison, and bail was denied. He was being held as of Monday. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Oct. 31 before District Judge Joseph S. Lindsey.

Court documents said that when police approached the truck at the crash scene, a strong odor of alcohol was detected. He told State Police he drank the alcohol at a Mexican restaurant in New Jersey.

The crash occurred as vehicles were slowing or stopped for unknown reasons. The tractor-trailer failed to stop and struck the vehicles in the left/center lane, “demolishing and dispersing numerous other vehicles,” State Police reported. The cars of the Lybrands and Van Bochoven caught on fire.

Colonial Park Fire Company, which responded to the crash, called it on its Facebook page “one of the most significant and deadly over the last 20 years or longer” to which it had responded.

Charges against Satterfield include three counts of homicide by vehicle, three counts of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, three counts of accidents involving death or personal injury, and three counts of accidents involving death or personal injury while not properly licensed. Additionally, he is charged with DUI-general impairment. 

A grieving wife, mother

In a Facebook post, Jessica Lybrand said Friday was the first time her daughter had been in a car without her, and that Zachary was taking the girl to her grandma’s house so that Jessica could get ready to celebrate her 21st birthday.

“I just didn’t want her to be sad because she was leaving her mommy so I kissed her sweet little cheeks, told her I loved her so very much and shut the door,” the post said.

She became worried when he did not return phone calls.

“My tears are gone so I’m just sobbing while writing this but being strong because their story needs to be told and this individual as well as the company need to pay for what they did. No amount of money, drugs, love, support or anything can make this incredible pain I feel go away. But I need as much help as I can possibly get,” the post continues.

“I just want them back. I still don’t think this is real. They are suppose to come home. Go out to my birthday dinner. Instead I have to somehow get the courage to bury my babies and make so many heartbreaking decisions,” she wrote.

“He was such a good father, a good husband, and a good son. Literally the nicest guy you’d ever want to meet. And she was just the best parts of both of us wrapped up in the most beautiful person I’ve ever seen, the perfect mix. She was always so happy, and he loved her so very much,” the post states.

She said he wanted people to think hard about drinking and driving.

“LET THEM BE A REASON THAT PEOPLE MIGHT CONSIDER JUST A LITTLE MORE. TAKE A SECOND AND THINK TWICE. JUST DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE. EVEN IF ITS JUST ONE LIFE. HONOR THEIR LEGACY AND DON’T PUT INNOCENT LIVES IN DANGER. Because I lost all of my family and I’m left without my purpose for living and unable to go to them because I know it would break their hearts,” she wrote.

“They were the most beautiful and kind people I ever knew and I’m so blessed I had them for how long I did, It will never be enough. But my baby never felt pain or any hate in this world, and now her daddy is walking and holding her tighter than he ever could before, and I honestly think that’s the only thing keeping me going,” she wrote.

“I love you so much, baby. Elliana, you are my whole entire world.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up.

Emilia Criley, who organized it, said “Ellie is the princess of Zach and Jess with beautiful chubby cheeks, expressing her radiant smile and gleaming eyes coupled with lots of laughter. Zach never loved anything more than being a father to his precious little girl. You will never find a man as dedicated and determined to provide for every want and need for his beautiful wife and baby.”

Student remembered

Messiah held a time of remembrance and prayer open to all students and staff Sunday night. Counselors and Messiah pastors will be available through the week, the college said. 

“It is with deep sadness that we share with the Messiah College community that senior Ethan Van Bochoven passed away tragically in an automobile accident last evening,” the college stated in its Facebook page. 

He was a music major with a commercial music concentration and was active in the Messiah College worship community, serving in the Powerhouse Band and as a member of the Messiah College Symphony Orchestra. He also served as the manager of the men’s lacrosse team for two years.