WILKES-BARRE — A Missouri man jailed on drunken-driving and aggravated assault-related offenses might face vehicular homicide charges after a co-worker died.
An autopsy is scheduled today on the body of Shane Stewart, 25, of Missouri, who died at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township. He was pronounced dead at 5:08 p.m. Monday.
Stewart was injured when he was struck by a Dodge Ram pickup allegedly driven by Patrick R. Ramirez, 25, of Blue Spring, Mo., in the parking lot of McDonald’s Restaurant on Kidder Street in Wilkes-Barre just after 12:30 a.m. Monday.
Ramirez was charged Monday with aggravated assault while driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence of alcohol, accidents involving death or personal injury, aggravated assault by vehicle and careless driving. He remains jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $50,000 bail.
The charges were filed against Ramirez before Stewart died.
City police allege Ramirez, Stewart and Stuart Thompson spent the night drinking at a restaurant on Coal Street, Wilkes-Barre, where they were picked up by Derick Marsh and returned to the Host Inn, where they were staying.
Stewart left the hotel with Ramirez and Thompson, police said. A security guard at the hotel told police he tried to stop the three men from leaving the parking lot because they appeared intoxicated, according to the criminal complaint.
At the McDonald’s parking lot, Thompson said, Stewart and Ramirez argued about who wanted to drive, the complaint states.
Ramirez got into the driver’s seat as Stewart yelled at him to stop, police said. Witnesses allegedly told police Ramirez accelerated and Stewart landed on the ground and was possibly run over by the truck. Ramirez stopped about 20 feet away and got out, looked at Stewart and drove away, according to the complaint.
Police arrested Ramirez at the Host Inn.
Ramirez refused to submit to a blood-alcohol test at Geisinger Wyoming Valley, police said in the complaint.
The three men are employed by a construction company from Missouri building the hotel at the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs casino, the complaint states.