Uwchlan, Pa. – DELCO County man is facing a preliminary hearing charges for alleged DUI that caused the deaths of two well—known siblings from the Downingtown area.
Scheduled for Tuesday before the District Magisterial court of Judge Lori Donatelli, the accused identified as Thomas Muir is on trial for the following charges: (1) vehicular homicide for driving under the influence; and (2) serious assault while driving while impaired with alcohol. These were accusations he has to face following the deadly crash that killed teenagers: Miles and his sister, Charlotte Hannagan.
The hearing did not push through Monday and was moved to March 17, as two attorneys entered their appearance on behalf defendant, Muir, age 25 and resident of Media. Both sides had highly acclaimed Philadelphia criminal defense attorneys representing their case.
The case concerned the crash that killed the Hannagan siblings that has awakened spurred local interest, and initiated an anti-DUI coalition of concerned community members. James Terry Funeral Home in Downingtown announced that services for the Hannagans would be held at a later date at St. Elizabeth’s Church in Chester Springs.
The two teeners identified as Charlotte, age 18 and a student at Downingtown West High School, and her brother, Miles, age 19 and a West Chester University student. They were passengers in a minivan together with their parents and two other adults on that fatal night of the night of Feb. 14. The minivan was rear-ended at the corner of Rte. 100 and North Ship Rd. in the Exton section of Uwchlan.
Police were told by witnesses that they saw Muir driving his pick up GMC Sierra truck erratically and traveling in high speeds prior to the wreck. As the driver was taken away by arresting officers, they smelled alcohol on his breath and said he did not pass the sobriety tests. Being held for the present at the Chester County Prison, he sustained no injuries from the crash.
Community members of Chester County were grieving over the loss of two young members after their weekend deaths. It was great waste for death to claim two young lives through the hands of a drunken driver.
The recklessness of the driver ended the lives of the teenagers, Miles and his sister Charlotte Hannagan. They were ejected from their seats after the pickup truck crashed on the minivan in Exton at around 7:00 o’clock in that evening. Police added that each passenger in the van wore seat belts but the impact was immense.
The DUI driver was25-year-old Thomas Muir who will face trial for homicide by vehicle and other charges in relation with the crash at the corner of North Ship Rd. and Route 100. Police stated that he failed the sobriety test as he was drunk and driving his pickup truck at a high rate of speed when he hit the van.
If you or your loved one has been harmed or fatally injured due to negligence or someone else fault, contact an accident lawyer now for free consultation. You may be entitled to financial compensation for economic damages, as well as pain and suffering.
Source: Delco Times Com
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