Local/State

Case of cop accused in fatal DUI delayed again

Monday, August 05, 2013

The court case for a former Pennsylvania State Police trooper accused of killing a woman in a DUI crash last year was delayed again on Monday.

Barry Searfoss is accused of killing 21-year-old Robin Williams in a DUI accident in May, 2012 on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Upper Dublin Township.

No trial date has been set and Searfoss remains free.

"The last time I saw my daughter was May 18th," said Williams' father, Bob. "A state trooper came to my house about five o'clock in the morning. It really hit me like a ton of bricks."

Bob Williams and his wife, Beverly, say they have lived the death of their daughter every day for the last 14 months.

"I miss my daughter," Beverly Williams said. "That's my baby."

Investigators say Searfoss had been drinking beer for about nine hours at a charity golf outing before getting behind the wheel of his SUV. The outing was held to raise money for a scholarship named for a woman killed by a drunk driver.

Investigators said Williams' car had been going slowly on the Turnpike because of possible mechanical problem and was hit by Searfoss' SUV at upwards at about 76 mph.

The impact of the crash cause the car Robin Williams was driving to burst into flames.

"They are saying that she broke her back, she was probably knocked unconscious and she was burned to death," said her brother, Maurice.

Searfoss' blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit, police said.

"It's one thing you get caught drunk and driving. The average person gets caught drunk and driving they lock them up, take their license. He should be held more accountable by the fact that he was a state trooper," said Bob Williams.

The family is upset that the former trooper's case was delayed for a fourth time.

"It seems like it was just yesterday, and to have it go on and on and on, you know, when nothing is being done, to me is just horrible," Bob Williams said.

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said the prosecution is a cut-and-dry case, adding that delays are normal but have not been prompted by her office.

Instead, prosecutors say, the delays were requested by defense attorney Christian Hoey, who was tied up for the last nine months defending drug kingpin and convicted murderer Kaboni Savage.

Hoey did not return calls for comment.

But as the case drags on, so does the family's heartbreaking plea for justice.

"I don't even think he should be out in the street period. I said if it would have happened to anybody else, they wouldn't be out on the street," said Bob Williams.

"He needs to held accountable for his actions," said Maurice Williams. "That's all we want."

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