19-Year-Old Under the Influence Causes Fatal Pennsylvania Car Crash

A 19-year-old Philadelphia teen who caused a fatal Port Richmond car crash is expected to face criminal charges in connection with the wreck.

John Casey was found to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol when he smashed his vehicle into a Ford Windstar minivan on the evening of March 29, killing one and injuring another.

Casey was driving his paraplegic friend’s specially outfitted GMC van on Richmond Street near the intersection of E Schiller Street just before 11 p.m. when he rear ended the minivan, driven by 50-year-old Venustiano “Benny” Vidals, of Camden.

The impact of the crash caused the minivan to roll down the street and crash into a utility pole. Vidals, an immigrant from Puebla, Mexico, was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. He leaves behind his wife, Eda, a 14-year-old son and a 12-year-old daughter.

Casey’s paraplegic friend was also in the vehicle at the time of the accident. They were both hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

The Pennsylvania fatal car crash lawyers at Cordisco & Saile would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Benny Vidals and wish them strength through this difficult time.