UPPER SAUCON TOWNSHIP, PA (Lehigh County) – A 23-year-old Pennsylvania driver involved in a March crash that killed him and two other people had a blood-alcohol limit of nearly twice the legal limit and was speeding at the time of the accident, Upper Saucon Township police said Wednesday.
On Saturday March 6, at around 8:35 p.m., a Dodge Charger, driven by Nicholas White, 23, of Chadds Ford, was traveling southbound on Lanark Road at a speed too fast for conditions then left the roadway and crashed, police said.
The investigation of the accident, conducted by the Upper Saucon Township Police Department, Lehigh County Coroner’s Office and the Lehigh County Crash Team Task Force, revealed that the passenger side tires of the vehicle traveled to the right side of the roadway and into the grass along the roadside while negotiating a right curve in the road, police said.
According to police, it appeared that White overcorrected steering the vehicle to the left and the vehicle traveled across the south and northbound lanes of travel striking a large tree at the 1 o’clock position.
The vehicle continued to travel and then struck a second tree about ten feet beyond the first tree in the front yard of 4435 Lanark Road. No evidence of skid marks were located on the roadway, police said.
The vehicle finally came to rest and became engulfed in flames, police said.
White, along with front passenger Sean Hanczaryk, 21, of Frenchtown, NJ and rear driver side passenger Emily Kattner, 24, of Jim Thorpe, PA, were pronounced deceased at the scene by a member of the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office, police said.
The Lehigh County Coroner’s Office ruled the deaths of the three killed as accidental and all three died from blunt force injuries, corner Eric Minnich said in a news release.
Brandon Dichiacchio, a passenger in the rear passenger side seat, was extricated from the burning vehicle by the Upper Saucon Township Police Department and Upper Saucon Township Ambulance personnel. He was then transported to a local hospital for treatment, police said.
The investigation determined that at the time of death, White’s blood-alcohol content (BAC) was 0.14 percent, police said.
Upper Saucon Township Fire Department, Lower Saucon Township Fire Department and their fire police assisted at the scene.