Police say driver was drunk in crash that killed Lancaster County teenager


Thomas J. Gallagher Jr.

Lancaster County Police have updated charges filed against the driver in fatal East Lampeter Township crash

Thomas Gallagher Jr. is now charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence. Court documents show his blood alcohol content was twice the legal limit. The court documents also show that Gallagher was driving while under anĀ  altered state of mind.

Two people who were riding in the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta Gallagher was driving said they were pleading with him to slow down as he sped south on Lampeter Road, driving on the shoulder of the road and passing cars on the right as he went. He abruptly swerved into the northbound lane in the area of Lampost Lane, where he struck a northbound 2007 Toyota Prius driven by Meredith Demko just before 2pm.

Demko was transported to Lancaster General Hospital where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

Gallagher is also charged with driving on a suspended license, accident involving death while not properly licensed and disregarding traffic lanes.

Gallagher remains in Lancaster County Prison with a $250,000 bail.