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Weatherly man pleads in fatal crash

A Weatherly man involved in a fatal crash almost four years ago pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle on last week in Carbon County court.

Zeri Douglas Brewer, 24, entered the plea before Judge Joseph J. Matika. The charge is a felony 3.

State police at Hazleton said Brewer was driving his 2000 Chevrolet Impala around 91 mph along Route 93 when it crossed the double yellow line and struck a 2009 GMC Canyon driven by Mary Beth Thamarus, 55, on Brenkman Drive in Packer Township. While conscious at the scene of the March 7, 2016, crash, Thamarus was pronounced dead nearly two hours later at Lehigh Valley Hazleton Hospital.

Her cause of death was ruled as multiple traumatic injuries sustained in the crash.

Police said the posted speed limit on the section of Brenkman Drive where the crash happened is 50 mph. Crews removed the driver side door of Thamarus’ vehicle to extricate her.

At the scene, Brewer told police “he was driving, lost control and after that he couldn’t remember.”

Two witnesses told police Brewer’s vehicle passed them at a high rate of speed just before the crash.

Matika said under state sentencing guidelines, Brewer faces a prison term, in the standard range, of a minimum of three to 12 months up to seven years.

Matika deferred sentencing and ordered the adult probation office to prepare a presentence investigation report.