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Marietta Man Charged With Felony Counts After Columbia Crash

A Marietta man accused of striking a vehicle, hospitalizing its two occupants and then fleeing the scene is awaiting a preliminary hear­ing, police said.

Giovanni F. Cocco, 28, was charged with two felony counts of accidents involving death or injury and two counts of accidents involving death or injury while not properly licensed, according to court documents. He was also charged with two summary violations, police said on Friday, June 9. Cocco was traveling north on Chickies Hill Road in Columbia when he tried to avoid stopped traffic and swerved into a vehicle traveling south at about 5:40 p.m. on June 1, police said.

Giovanni F. Cocco


Police reports indicated he immediately fled into a wooded area on foot.

Both occupants of the other vehicle were taken to Lancaster General Hospital for multiple lacerations and at least one broken bone, police said. Officers later found Cocco, who reportedly told police he left the scene because his license was suspended. Police determined his license was suspended since September 2016.

He was placed in Lanc­aster County Prison on $75,000 bail, according to court documents. His preliminary hearing, which was originally scheduled for Friday, June 16, has been delayed until 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28, before Columbia Magisterial District Judge Miles K. Bixler.

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