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AMITY — A Philadelphia man was charged over the weekend for causing a Feb. 11 accident in Amity that sent four people to the hospital.
Luzinei Gomes Soares, 34, who was born in Brazil but lives in Philadelphia, was traveling south on Route 622 at 6:15 p.m. in a white Chevrolet Express van when he crossed the center line into oncoming traffic, according to police. There were three passengers in the van as well.
Eric J. Kowalski, 20, of Reading, was driving a black Volkswagen Jetta north and swerved to miss colliding with Soares’ van, police said.
According to Mercury archives, Amity Police Chief Kent Shuebrook said at the time that the impact happened in the southbound lane and that the Jetta was perpendicular to the lane.
Kowalski was unconscious when police arrived on the scene and was taken by ambulance to the Reading Hospital and Medical Center.
Three of Soares’ passengers were also taken by ambulance to the Reading Hospital and Medical Center. One, Marcos Nunes-Damasceno, of Fort Myers, Fla., suffered serious injuries and had to be extricated from the van.
Soares was standing on the passenger side of the van when police arrived on the scene, and admitted that he was driving at the time of the crash, police said.
When police checked Soares’ license and registration, they discovered that his Pennsylvania license had been suspended and cancelled but his Washington state license was valid, according to police.
Soares’ Washington state license was issued after his Pennsylvania state license was suspended and cancelled, police said.
After a search warrant was served for both cars on Feb. 14, police determined that Soares did enter the opposite lane of traffic, causing Kowalski to swerve out of the way, police said.
Soares was charged with driving with a suspended license, reckless and careless driving, and other related charges and was arraigned Saturday in front of Senior District Judge Nicholas M. Bentz Jr. in Reading Central Court.