Teen Driver of Fatal Montco, PA Car Crash Faces Drunken Driving Charges

The driver of a fatal Montgomery County car crash,which claimed the lives of two teenage lacrosse players in August, has been charged with drunken driving.

Connor James McNicholas, 19, of Horsham, was charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol, two counts of homicide by motor vehicle while driving drunk, two counts of homicide by motor vehicle and lying to police, as well as multiple other related offenses. These offenses are charged in connection with the fatal Montco car accident on August 6th in which he crashed on Witmer Road near Norristown Road, killing two of the passengers in his vehicle.

McNicholas’ blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) at the time of the accident was 0.117, which is more than five times the legal limit for an underage person. It is also over the limit for adults, which is 0.08. If he is found to be guilty on both of the homicide by vehicle while DUI charges, he will face a minimum of six years in state prison, as each charge carries a mandatory three-year sentence in prison.

One of the surviving passengers in the crash, Darryl Neville Jr., 18, of Darby, has painted a horrific picture of the moments before the crash. He told investigators that he witnessed the speedometer display 99 mph before the car failed to navigate the 25mph curve. Knowing that they were going to crash, he curled himself into a ball and braced himself for the devastating destruction that followed.

After spending one night in jail following his arrest and arraignment on August 17th, a $500,000 ($250,000 per victim) bail bond was posted and McNicholas was released from Montgomery County Prison.