The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

June 11, 2013

Car stolen from bar patron before fatal crash in Snyder County

By Robert Stoneback
The Daily Item

---- — BLOOMSBURG — A car involved in a fatal Shamokin Dam crash on Saturday was stolen from a patron of RD’s Roadhouse, Bloomsburg, according to police.

Terry Eckart, Montour Township police chief, said Michael Weatherill, 42, of Danville, took the keys to a 1999 Buick Regal after a patron left them on the bar before going to the bathroom. Eckart did not release the name of the car’s owner but said the owner and Weatherill did not know each other.

Weatherill took the car and crashed it at about 2:45 p.m. that day. He was thrown from the car after he lost control and slammed the Buick into a rocky hillside along Route 11 in Monroe Township, just south of Northumberland.

The Buick flipped over and slid on its roof about 300 feet before hitting a red Ford Focus driven by a 17-year-old Danville boy. The boy and his passenger, 18-year old Chelsalyn Corcoran, of Northumberland, were not injured. Both were wearing seat belts.

Weatherill, who was not wearing a seat belt, had been speeding before the accident, according to reports from state police.

He was pronounced dead at the scene by Snyder County Coroner Bruce Hummel.

It will take about a month for toxicology reports to confirm whether Weatherill was under the influence, Hummel said.

Weatherill has a history of multi-county theft charges dating back to 1992, according to reports. Last July, he fell asleep at the wheel of his car and rammed into several high-end Volvo and Volkswagen cars on display at the Jack Metzer dealership near Danville.

In November, he was sentenced to 48 hours in jail for driving while under the influence of alcohol.

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