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Wilson man charged in fatal DUI crash, police say

Pamela Lehman | Contact Reporter

Of The Morning Call

February 10, 2016

WILSON — A Wilson man was charged Tuesday in a fatal crash that claimed the life of a 52-year-old woman walking along Northampton Street in the borough, according to Northampton County Court records.

Marc David Delserro, 36, is accused of drunken driving homicide by vehicle, drunken driving, reckless driving and several traffic violations. Delserro was sent to Northampton County Prison under $75,000 bail.

After the Jan. 29 crash that killed Melody Ann Johnson, Wilson police said Delserro smelled strongly of alcohol, but refused to submit to a blood-alcohol test. Because of that refusal, Delserro was automatically charged with the highest degree of drunken driving.

Delserro’s attorney, Michael J. Diamondstein, said Wednesday that he is reviewing the commonwealth’s allegations to determine how best to proceed.

“Mr. Delserro is extremely remorseful for his role in this tragic accident,” Diamondstein said.

At 3:45 p.m., police were called to a crash at Northampton and 20th streets. Police said Johnson was in the street, covered with a blanket, and later died at St. Luke’s University Hospital in Fountain Hill from injuries she suffered in the crash.

Johnson’s cause of death was multiple blunt force injuries, according to the Lehigh County coroner’s office.

A witness, Domenico Finamore, told police he was traveling east in the 2000 block of Northampton Street when he saw Johnson fly through the air and land in the road. Finamore told police he saw Delserro’s vehicle crashed on the sidewalk.

After the wreck, Finamore told police, he saw Delserro get out of the driver’s seat with blood on his legs and face.