Few strangers are killed in vehicle accidents in rural Pennsylvania. Local residents recognize the victim’s name and family from everyday contact at schools, churches and shops. When a rural or small town family suffers a loss, the entire community frequently suffers alongside them.
Just over three years ago, a teen from the small Cambria County borough of Nanty Glo died in a high-speed police chase. The girl was a passenger in a vehicle driven by a 17-year-old Vintondale boy. The driver and the 16-year-old girl were accompanied by two others, including an older male passenger, later blamed for contributing to the
The teen driver was visited at a Mifflin County cabin by the second man, who purchased and shared a case of beer. The pair decided to drive to Cambria County to pick up two girls; one was the 16-year-old who later died. A group decision was made to go back to the driver’s cabin.
The driver hit the gas pedal, when a traffic stop was attempted in Duncansville near Altoona. A police pursuit was initiated to stop the teen, traveling at speeds of up to 100 mph. The car operator lost control in Hollidaysburg. The vehicle overturned and crashed into several buildings. The driver was imprisoned. The man who supplied the beer was also charged.
The male passenger recently entered a no contest plea to charges of manslaughter and making alcohol available to minors. His prison time could be as short as four months or as long as 23 months. A $1,500 fine was levied. The judge additionally ordered the defendant to be evaluated for mental health issues and substance abuse.
Drunk drivers and adults who influence teens to drink alcohol – any adult or alcohol selling establishment – may face criminal and civil consequences. Juries consider direct and indirect negligence before awarding monetary relief to injured accident victims and wrongful death plaintiffs.
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” Phil Ray, Sep. 21, 2013