JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Police say a Pennsylvania teen was driving under the influence and texting when he allegedly caused a crash that killed two people last year.
Nineteen-year-old Austin Molinich, of Nanty Glo, apologized to the victims’ family, but otherwise said nothing after surrendering Monday on charges including homicide by vehicle and involuntary manslaughter.READ MORE: EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Center City Hit-And-Run Leaves Woman In Critical Condition, Police Say
Richland Township police say phone records show Molinich was texting before he crossed into oncoming traffic and hit a car driven by 71-year-old Donald Evans Sr., of Conemaugh Township on June 11, 2012. Evans and his 19-year-old granddaughter, Cassandra Singer, died.READ MORE: 'This Is What We Do In A Small Town': Mullica Hill Residents Continue Recovery Efforts Weeks After Tornado
Defense attorney Thomas Dickey denies Molinich was texting or drinking, and says the teen was distracted when a bird hit his windshield.
Police acknowledge Molinich wasn’t legally drunk, but charged him because he was a minor with some alcohol in his system.MORE NEWS: New Jersey Man Credits Keeping Mind Active As He Celebrates 105th Birthday
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