Crash victim’s mother drives home disappointed with PA court

Mother disappointed with court delay in case against the woman who hit her son.

MERCER, County (WDTN)- Stephani Rife of Kettering was in tears when she spoke with 2 NEWS by phone.  The mother of crash victim Austin Rife had just left the courtroom in Mercer County, Pennsylvania where the trial of the woman who hit her son was to start.  Instead, the case against Brittany Raskowsky was continued until next month.

Raskowsky is charged with multiple counts including homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence.  The police criminal complaint indicates she had a blood-alcohol level of .212 when she was driving the truck that hit Austin, that’s nearly three times the legal limit in Pennsylvania.

Rife was killed while vacationing with family and friends in Pennsylvania in August.  Police say Raskowsky drove off the road, plowed through an electrical fence, and hit the 15-year-old next to a private pond where he’d been fishing.  Rife has been given a number of awards for his bravery because he pushed his 6-year-old friend out of the way the night of the incident.

May 23 the Kettering Police Department held an OVI checkpoint at 2700 Wilmington Pike in Austin’s honor. According to the department’s Facebook page, the checkpoint resulted in 7 O.V.I. arrests, 12 driving under suspension and/or no driver’s license citations. It also indicates there were 41 other traffic citations issued for various offenses. In addition to the traffic offenses, the detail yielded 7 misdemeanor drug arrests. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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