Former Hatboro-Horsham Lacrosse Players Killed in PA Car Crash

A high-speed Montgomery County car crash claimed the lives of two teenage lacrosse players in the early hours of August 6, 2011.

At about 1:15 a.m., a single-vehicle car crash occurred near the intersection of Witmer and Norristown Roads in Horsham. The driver of the 2007 Honda Accord, Connor James McNicholas, 19, of Ambler, lost control of the car at a bend on westbound Witmer Road. The vehicle struck a curb, traveled off the roadway and hit multiple trees before coming to a stop in a property located at 600 Wade Avenue. Investigators believe the car traveled approximately 405 feet from the initial point of losing control to the location where it came to rest.

Two passengers in the vehicle, Robert Walker Nagel, 19, of Ambler, and Edward Taylor Coombs, 19, of Horsham, were fatally injured in the accident. Both Nagel and Coombs graduated from Hatboro-Horsham High School in 2010, where they played varsity lacrosse.

McNicholas, along with passengers Darryl Neville, Jr., 18, of Darby, and Timothy Kurpiel, 19, of Horsham, were taken to Abington Memorial Hospital where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

According to the eye-witness account of one of the passengers in the vehicle, McNicholas was driving near 100 mph before losing control. He also stated that the occupants were traveling from a party where mixed drinks and beer were consumed.

Investigators have cited excessive speed as a factor in the accident and are looking into alcohol as a contributing factor.

The Bucks County fatal car crash lawyers at Cordisco & Saile offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Robert Walker Nagel and Edward Taylor Coombs. We also wish a full recovery to the other victims of this devastating crash.