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Driver Faces DUI Charge After Horsham Township Crash Killed 2


Posted on Sep 01, 2011

September 1, 2011 - Horsham, Pa - Police reported on Wednesday, August, 17, that an Ambler man, 19, was driving under the influence of alcohol and traveling above 100 mph when he lost control of his car, on August 6, and crashed killing 2 of his friends, Robert Nagle, and Edward Coombs, both 19. Two others in the car suffered injuries.

According to a report at Philly.com, police said Connor J. McNicholas' blood alcohol content (0.117) was 5 times the legal limit for a driver under the age of 21. He was arrested on August 16 and booked with 2 charges of vehicular homicide while driving under the influence and 1 DUI charge.

McNicholas pleaded not guilty and was transported to the prison in Montgomery County. Bail was set at $500,000 cash. If convicted, he could face at least 6 years in prison.

Risa Vetri Ferman, the district attorney in Montgomery County, said McNicholas lied after the accident when he told investigators that he had drank only 1 or 2 beers.

An affidavit indicated that open containers were found near the wreckage of the Honda Civic.

McNicholas was the only person wearing a seat belt in the car. Nagle and Coombs were pronounced dead on the scene. The other passengers, 18-year-old Darryl Neville Jr. and 19-year-old Timothy Kurpiel, were able to climb out of the vehicle. They were treated at Abington Memorial Hospital.

As a service to the residents of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, our firm will frequently publish blogs about local traffic accidents. We do this to raise awareness about the common types of motor vehicle accidents that occur that may result in serious injury or traffic fatalities.

Common accidents include, but are not limited to:
 

  • single-car accidents;
  • accidents caused by hazardous road conditions; and
  • accidents caused by aggressive driving or distracted drivers. 

If you have been named in this blog or you are the victims' family member or friend and would like the blog removed from our website, please feel free to contact us and we will promptly accommodate your request.

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