RACCOON TWP, 9-1-04 – Frank Brocklebank’s driver’s license has been suspended for medical reasons since Aug. 2, 2003.
Yet, according to police, he was behind the wheel of a firetruck when he ran over two of his fellow Raccoon Township firefighters Aug. 25, killing one and injuring the other.Brocklebank, 40, of 115 S. Long Road, Raccoon Township, was charged Tuesday with causing an accident that killed David Vinisky and injured Jim Davidson. In a criminal complaint, township Police Sgt. Michael Anderson wrote that Brocklebank “should not have been operating the fire unit 353” because of his license suspension. The report did not indicate what Brocklebank’s medical condition was, and various parties contacted by The Times Tuesday, including police, would not comment. The report also did not state whether fellow firefighters knew that Brocklebank did not have a valid license or whether he was allowed to drive trucks to emergency calls. Brocklebank had been a bus driver for the Hopewell Area School District, but Superintendent Terry Mack said Monday that Brocklebank hadn’t driven for the district in about a year, though he would not say why.
Police have been reporting that as Brocklebank began to back up the pumper, Vinisky and Davidson, who were standing behind the truck and taking pictures, were struck by the vehicle. Police reported that once Brocklebank hit the two men, Vinisky was struck in the head by a rear tire, while Davidson clung to the bumper to keep from being run over. Police said Brocklebank stopped the truck after he heard screams. A report written by Beaver County Deputy Coroner Wayne Tatalovich Jr. indicated that Vinisky was struck twice by the truck – once while it was backing up, and a second time when Brocklebank moved it forward.