Double Fatal Wreck in Pennsylvania Prompts Police Investigation

Double Fatal Wreck in Pennsylvania Prompts Police InvestigationAfter two teenagers from Horsham, Pennsylvania, were killed in a single car crash on Saturday, August 6, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office and the Horsham Police are still investigating the incident in an effort to determine if the driver in the accident should face charges, the Intelligencer reports.

According to the news source, the crash occurred after five former students of Hatboro-Horsham High School drove home from a party where all of them had allegedly been drinking. One survivor of the crash told authorities that just before 1:15 a.m., the car was traveling just under 100 miles per hour on Witmer Road near Norristown Road.

Robert Walker Nagel and Edward Taylor Coombs, both 19, were killed in the high-speed crash, which has hit the small town hard. Both teens played lacrosse in high school, while Coombs continued to play at Marist College. On Monday, two friends of the crash victims went to the scene to construct a memorial of flowers and notes, the media outlet stated.

District Attorney Risa Vetri told the news provider that the office is currently awaiting toxicology reports, working through a police reconstruction of the accident and talking to witnesses in order to have a better understanding of the crash.

Both friends at the memorial refused to blame the driver in the accident, Connor James McNicholas, for the death of the two boys.

"I would do anything in my power to see him not go to jail. It could have happened to anyone," said 19-year-old Kyle Schwarz, a fellow 2010 Hatboro-Horsham graduate. "I lost two of my best friends and now they might take another away."

McNicholas was driving his 2007 Honda Civic in the westbound lanes of Witmer Road when he allegedly lost control of the vehicle, causing it to veer off the road, hit a curb, travel across Wade Avenue and through the front yard of a neighbor, where it hit many trees before coming to rest, the Intelligener stated.

An estimation made by the police stated that the car continued another 405 feet after losing control, and that both Coombs and Nagel were dead at the scene.

The driver and two other passengers, Timothy Kurpiel and Darryl Neville Jr., were taken to Abington Memorial Hospital, where they received treatment but were later released.

Pennsylvania saw 406 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in 2009, accounting for 32 percent of all traffic deaths, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.