Get Help

Emergency: 911

DA Office: 610 891-4162

Special Victims Unit: 610 891-4811

Witness Assistance: 610 831-4227

Criminal Investigations: 610 891-4700

Two Charged In Ridley Park Hit-And-Run

 

 

 

OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY

DELAWARE COUNTY COURTHOUSE

MEDIA, PENNSYLVANIA 19063

————————————

610-891-4161

 

            John J. Whelan

         Emily H. Harris

          DISTRICT ATTORNEY

                                                                    Public Affairs Officer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: July 9, 2014

CONTACT PERSON: Emily H. Harris- 610.891.4163

 

two charged in ridley park hit-and-run

Media, Pa – Today Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan and Ridley Park Police Chief Mark Bascelli announced the arrest of Adrienne McCrae, 25 (DOB: 10/15/1988), and Ty Winsheimer, 31, (DOB: 09/03/1982) both of Ridley Park, with charges relating to the hit-and-run crash that critically injured an 18-year-old bicyclist.

On Monday, April 21, at approximately 10:50 pm, a crash between a vehicle and a bicyclist occurred in the middle turn lane of the westbound lanes of Chester Pike (US Rt. 13) in the first unit block. An investigation into the crash was initiated by Ridley Park Police Department in conjunction with the Delaware County Crash Investigation Team as well as the Delaware County Criminal Investigation Division (CID). An eye witness to the crash, who was driving west on Chester Pike behind the striking vehicle, stopped the assist the victim and called 911 to report the crash. According to the witness, the striking vehicle was a full-sized grey or silver pick-up truck, possibly a Ford F-150, which did not stop after the crash but continued westbound on Chester Pike leaving the scene of the accident.

As a result of the crash the victim bicyclist, 18-year-old Christopher Brooks, sustained extremely severe, traumatic injuries. He was rushed to Crozer Chester Medical Center’s Trauma Unit and then immediately transferred to an operating room for treatment of life-threatening, internal injuries. Brooks suffered several broken bones, severe lacerations and numerous other injuries.

 

At the scene, investigators retrieved pieces of plastic that were consistent with a Lund brand bug deflector specifically designed to fit a Ford F-150, model years 1997 through 2003. Investigators received numerous leads on vehicles that matched the description of the striking vehicle including several tips involving a Ford F-150 extended cab pick-up truck, usually driven by a female. Several dependable sources provided law enforcement information that the female driver was Adrienne McCrae.

 

On the evening of April 27, police interviewed Adrienne McCrae and her boyfriend, Ty Winsheimer, at their shared residence. McCrae confirmed she regularly operates a silver 2001 Ford F-150 pick-up truck that is registered to her father. McCrae denied any knowledge of the crash that occurred one week earlier, and told authorities her truck was “not even in the area” on the evening of April 21. She claimed the truck had been in Virginia for two or three weeks. Both McCrae and Winsheimer refused to disclose the exact whereabouts of the vehicle and refused to answer any further questions.

 

 

-more-

 

 

After continuing with their investigation, authorities learned from several witness accounts that McCrae was in two separate bars for at least two hours immediately preceding the crash. The same witnesses told police that on the evening of April 21 they met up with McCrae at Dolan’s Bar, in Ridley Park, which is located approximately four blocks from the crash scene. At McCrae’s urging, they decided to leave Dolan’s Bar and go to Durty Nelly’s Pub in Folsom located about one mile away, where they were driven by McCrae in her silver, Ford F-150 extended cab pick-up truck. According to surveillance video, they left Durty Nelly’s Pub at approximately 10:34 pm to drive back to Dolan’s Bar. According to a witness, McCrae left Dolan’s Bar in a hurry and close to the time of the accident.

 

On May 2, investigations spoke again with Ty Winsheimer, without McCrae present, who confirmed he had information related to the whereabouts of the truck. He also apologized for initially lying to police. He told authorities that after the night of the crash, and even after speaking to police, McCrae continued to drive the Ford F-150 pick-up truck and told him she was not involved in the crash. According to Winsheimer, McCrae went to Virginia on May 28 to purchase a bed and called him at work to be picked up in Virginia where her truck had been disabled. After picking her up, he told authorities he “tried to get her to tell the truth” about the accident but she refused.

 

On June 6, during another interview, Ty Winsheimer admitted he had lied to investigators again. Winsheimer stated he would provide investigators with a full accounting of the night of the crash. He stated that McCrae contacted him and admitted to striking the victim in this case. He told authorities he helped McCrae hide the Ford F-150 truck in the rear of her father’s house the night of the crash which he later removed and drove to a storage facility in New Jersey, where the truck was stored until April 26 and then driven to Virginia and sold to Joey the Junkman, a junk removal and resale company. 2

 

After conducting an interview with the owner and operators of Joey the Junkman, Joseph Saffelle Sr. and his son, Joseph Saffelle Jr., of Virginia, it was confirmed that McCrae and Winsheimer met the business operators in Thornburg, Virginia and sold the silver Ford F-150 pick-up truck for $350 on April 26. Records received from Verizon, as a result of a search warrant, indicate the phone owned by McCrae made at least one phone call to a number with a Virginia area code, associated with the business, Joey the Junkman.

 

Based on this information and the results of the investigation conducted by Corporal John Morris of Ridley Park Police and County Detective Anthony Ruggieri, both Adrienne McCrae and Ty Winsheimer were arrested July 9. Adrienne McCrae, 25, (DOB: 10/15/1988) is charged with conspiracy, accidents involving death or personal injury, hindering apprehension or prosecution, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and false reports. Ty Winsheimer, 31, (DOB: 09/03/1982), is charged with conspiracy, hindering apprehension or prosecution and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.

 

“I want to commend Corporal John Morris, the Ridley Park Police Department and Detective Ruggieri for their hard work on this complicated case which took a great amount of time and effort, and also to commend the witnesses who came forward on this case,” said District Attorney Jack Whelan. “Christopher is a very brave young man, who has a long road to full recovery ahead. We are praying for his speedy recovery notwithstanding his significant injuries.”



 

 

###

 

 

ridley park hit-and-run

 

 

 

Organizational Chart

 

Katayoun M. Copeland

As a graduate of The Baldwin School, Bryn Mawr College and Temple University's Beasley School of Law, Ms. Copeland has a distinguished 25-year prosecutorial career. Throughout the past six years she has been a member of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania assigned to its Narcotics and Organized Crime Section. District Attorney Copeland previously served for 19 years in the Delaware County District Attorney's Office.

District Attorney Copeland 's tenure in the District Attorney 's Office began in 1992 as an Assistant District Attorney during which time she was assigned to the office's trial division, as well as its drug task force. In 2000, she became chief of drug enforcement overseeing the investigation and prosecution of these cases countywide and the office's newly established Criminal-Terrorism Unit coordinating with local, state and federal law enforcement to evaluate matters linked to national security concerns. In 2004, District Attorney Copeland rose to the position of Deputy District Attorney while continuing to supervise and manage the office's terrorism-intelligence concerns, as well as its drug enforcement efforts.

As a member of the United States Attorney 's Office since 2011, her responsibilities included working with federal investigators and prosecuting matters in the federal district courts involving international drug operations, armed robberies, large-scale racketeering conspiracies and attempted murders. She also successfully defended such convictions before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

District Attorney Copeland has been very active throughout her prosecutorial career in professional
education having taught for a number of years at the Delaware County Municipal Police Academy and as an instructor for the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pennsylvania District Attorney 's Association, as well as more recently at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and El Paso Intelligence Center training program.

In addition to her well-honed prosecutorial skills, District Attorney Copeland readily appreciated broader systematic criminal justice concerns and was instrumental in establishing Delaware County’s first drug treatment court and its veteran’s treatment court. She has continued to recognize these restorative and re-entry issues through her current, collaborative efforts to initiate a federal drug treatment court program.

District Attorney Copeland, in recognition of her ongoing dedication and commitment to public service during her local and federal tenures as a prosecutor has received various awards and accolades from numerous agencies including the Marple Township, Media Borough, and Upper Darby Township police departments, as well as the Pennsylvania State Police, Delaware County Criminal Investigation Division, Drug Enforcement Administration and a Special Achievement Award for the successful prosecution of a violent, large-scale Philadelphia drug trafficking gang from at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Division Assignments

District Attorney

Katayoun M. Copeland
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Diane White, Administrative Assistant
Voice: (610) 891-4168
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Elizabeth Tortorelli, Office Administrator
Voice: (610) 891-4225
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Elizabeth Cummins, Financial Administrator
Voice: (610) 891-4139
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Special Investigations Unit

Jackson M. Stewart, Jr., Chief Deputy District Attorney
Voice: (610) 891-4240
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Robert Lythgoe, Detective
Voice: (610) 891-4243
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lisa DeMartini, Detective
Voice: (610) 891-4136
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Mary John, Secretary
Voice: (610) 891-4238
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Adult Trial Division

Daniel McDevitt, Senior Deputy District Attorney
Voice: (610) 891-4184
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

John F. X. Reilly, Deputy District Attorney for Law & Appeals
Voice: (610) 891-4202
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Narcotics/Forfeiture Unit

Sharon McKenna, Deputy District Attorney – Chief, Drug Enforcement Unit
Voice: (610) 891-4509
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Meaghan Wagner, Assistant District Attorney
Voice: (610) 891-5147
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Anti-Violence/Insurance Fraud

George B. Dawson, Deputy District Attorney - Chief, Anti-Violence Task Force
Voice: (610) 891-4292
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) Unit

Thomas Lawrie, Assistant District Attorney, ARD
Voice: (610) 891-4182
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sandra Urban, Assistant District Attorney, Extradition
Voice: (610) 891-3970
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

James Miller, Supervisor of ARD
Voice: (610) 891-4183
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Teresa Robbins, EXT. Coordinator
Voice: (610) 891-4185
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Trial Teams

Judge Brennan

Michael Mattson, Assistant District Attorney - Team Leader
Voice: (610) 891-6089
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Kathleen Magee, Assistant District Attorney
Voice: (610) 891-4798
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Patrick Scanlon, Assistant District Attorney
Voice: (610) 891-8657
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Samantha Eggers, Secretary 
Voice: (610) 891-4215
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Theresa Broderick, Technician
Voice: (610) 891-4203
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Judge Pagano

Sandy Urban, Assistant District Attorney - Team Leader
Voice: (610) 891-3970
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sean McNabb, Assistant District Attorney
Voice: (610) 891-6967
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Matthew Catania, Assistant District Attorney
Voice: (610) 891-8598
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Stephanie Fitzgerald, Secretary
Voice: (610) 891-4179
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Jennifer Fiore, Technician
Voice: (610) 891-4228
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Judge Capuzzi

Michael Hill, Assistant District Attorney - Team Leader
Voice: (610) 891-6017
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

William Judge, Assistant District Attorney
Voice: (610) 891-4946
Email: judgew This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Stephanie Fitzgerald, Secretary
Voice: (610) 891-4179
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jennifer Fiore, Technician 
Voice: (610) 891-4228
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Judge Cappelli/ Economic Crime

Brian Doherty, Assistant District Attorney - Team Leader
Voice: (610) 891-4195
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Matthew DeNucci, Assistant District Attorney
Voice: (610) 891-4164
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Barbara Frigo, Secretary

Voice: (610) 891-4171
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Joanne Rieco, Technician
Voice: (610) 891-5893
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Judge Dozer

Chirstopher DiRosato, Assistant District Attorney – Team Leader
Voice: (610) 891-4166
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ashleigh Latonick, Assistant District Attorney
Voice: (610)-891-4178
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lisa Delahaut, Secretary
Voice: (610) 891-3967
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Joanne Rieco, Technician
Voice: (610) 891-5893
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Michael Flowers, Assistant District Attorney
Voice: (610) 891-8366
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kuljit Kaur, Secretary
Voice: (610) 891-4176
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Margaret Bradley, Technician
Voice: (610) 891-4232
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Judge Amoroso

Geoffrey Paine, Assistant District Attorney – Team Leader
Voice: (610) 891-4241
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kimberly Riley, Assistant District Attorney
Voice: (610) 891-4754
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Samantha Eggers, Secretary
Voice: (610) 891-4215
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Shirley Frederick, Technician
Voice: (610) 891-4230
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Judge Bradley

Sam Yim, Assistant District Attorney – Team Leader
Voice: (610) 891-4239
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Michelle Thurstlic-O'Neill, Assistant District Attorney
Voice: (610) 891-4187
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Barbara Frigo, Secretary
Voice: (610) 891-4171
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sharon Rottenberk, Technician
Voice: (610) 891-4229
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Judge Scanlon

Gina Gorbey-Zarko, Assistant District Attorney – Team Leader
Voice: (610) 891-4196
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jennifer Glackin, Assistant District Attorney
Voice: (610) 891-4186
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Samantha Eggers, Secretary
Voice: (610) 891-4169
Email: eggerss This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Margaret Bradley, Technician
Voice: (610) 891-4232
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Judge Coll

Veterans Court/Mental Health Court

Mary Mann, Assistant District Attorney - Chief
Voice: (610) 891-4390
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jenna Smith, Assistant District Attorney
Voice: (610) 891-5569
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Stephanie Fitzgerald, Secretary
Voice: (610) 891-4179
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jennifer Fiore, Technician 
Voice: (610) 891-4228
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Senior Exploitation Unit

Erica Parham, Assistant District Attorney, Chief,
Voice: (610) 891-4181
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Melanie Ruffo, Secretary
Voice: (610) 891-4180
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Unsolved Homicide Unit

Stephanie Wills, Deputy District Attorney, Unit Chief
Voice: (610) 891-4515
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Gaming Enforcement

Mary Mann, Assistant District Attorney Voice: (610) 891-4390
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Law & Appeals

Sheldon Kovach, Senior Deputy District Attorney
Voice: (610) 891-4516
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

John F.X. Reilly, Deputy District Attorney
Voice: (610) 891-4202
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

William Toal, III, Assistant District Attorney
Voice: (610) 891-4207
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Michelle Hutton, Assistant District Attorney
Voice: (610) 891-4192
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vram Nedurian, Assistant District Attorney
Voice: (610) 891-4208
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Daniel Woody, Assistant District Attorney
Voice: (610) 891-3971
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Donna Sebastian, Secretary
Voice: (610) 891-8001
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jessica Devers, Coordinator
Voice: (610) 891-4210
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Special Victims and Domestic Violence Division

Michael Galantino, Deputy District Attorney
Voice: (610) 891-4142
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ryan Grace, Assistant District Attorney - Team Leader
Voice: (610) 891-4052
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Chris Boggs, Assistant District Attorney
Voice:(610) 891-8790
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Alan Borowsky, Assistant District Attorney
Voice: (610) 891-6465
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Danielle Gallaher, Assistant District Attorney
Voice: (610) 891-8476
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Diane Horn, Assistant District Attorney
Voice: (610) 891-8475
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

James Bonner, Assistant District Attorney
Voice: (610) 891-6052
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rose Pucillo, Coordinator of Protection From Abuse Enforcement (PFA)
Voice: (610) 891-4811
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Barbara Collins, Secretary
Voice: (610) 891-4231
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Criminal Investigation and Pre-Trial Division

Stephanie Wills, Deputy District Attorney
Voice: (610) 891-4515
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Albert Amoroso, Assistant District Attorney, Chief of the Chester Unit
Voice: (610) 874-9476
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jessica Conley, Assistant District Attorney, Chief of the Upper Darby Unit
Voice: (610) 734-7684
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Curtis Cheyney, Assistant District Attorney
Voice: (610) 891-4194
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cassandra Taylor, Assistant District Attorney
Voice: (610) 891-8647
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Amy Cappelli, Assistant District Attorney
Voice: (610) 891-8474
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lisa Delahaut, Secretary
Voice: (610) 891-3967
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Juvenile Unit

Dominick Spigarelli, Deputy District Attorney for Juvenile Division
Voice: (610) 891-4200
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Heather Hayes, Assistant District Attorney
Voice: (610) 891-4767
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Meghan Price, Assistant District Attorney
Voice: (610) 891-8366
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Maria Dougherty, Administrator
Voice: (610) 891-4770
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Karen Keller, Secretary
Voice: (610) 891-4769
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Drug Enforcement, Forfeitures & Criminal/Terrorism Intelligence Unit

Katayoun Copeland, Deputy District Attorney for Drug Enforcement, Forfeiture And Criminal/Terrorism Intelligence
Voice:  (610) 891-4188
Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sharon McKenna, Assistant District Attorney - Team Leader Drug Enforcement
Voice:  (610) 891-4509
Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mary Lou Simmons, Secretary
Voice:  (610) 891-4220
Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.