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July 16, 2013

Driver held for trial in double fatality on Veterans Memorial Bridge

SUNBURY — Inside a packed courtroom, family members and friends of Kirk and Mayson Mahaffey wept as police testified that Brian Glass Jr., was drunk and high when he crossed over the double yellow line on Veterans Memorial Bridge last year and caused a head on collision that claimed the life of the Northumberland man and his 4-year old son.

Brian Glass Jr., 25, pleaded not guilty to criminal offenses including vehicular homicide after a nearly year-long investigation.

Northumberland County District Attorney Tony Rosini, who is prosecuting the case, called two state troopers and a witness that was traveling behind Brian Glass on July 17, 2012.

“It sounded like a bomb went off,” witness Christopher Drumheller testified after saying he watched Brian Glass driving at a high rate of speed over the bridge.

“He was swerving in and out.”

Rosini then called Cody Glass, the brother of Brian Glass, and offered him immunity to testify on what he witnessed the day of the accident.

Cody Glass looked at his brother often during the testimony and said the pair “smoke a bowl of marijuana,” changing his previous statements of the brothers smoking several bowls during the day of and right before the crash.

Cody Glass said Brian Glass was not drinking and driving, even though Cody Glass said the pair went to Selinsgrove and purchased a bottle of vodka earlier that day.

The brothers were headed to Sunbury to visit a friend when the accident occurred, Cody Glass said.

Cody Glass testified Brian Glass, who was driving without insurance, an expired state registration and inspection sticker, was not traveling more than 45 MPH when Brian Glass kept getting “brake checked,” Cody Glass said.

Brian Glass continued to slow down and when the a vehicle in front of the Glass vehicle hit the brakes a third time, Brian Glass hit the brakes and the Jeep Liberty the Glass brothers were in swerved to the left crossing the double y

Cody Glass originally told officers he and his brother were snorting vicodin and drinking alcohol for several hours before the crash but changed his testimony Tuesday.

After the crash, police seized the Jeep Liberty and said they found a half empty bottle of vodka and a pill crusher under the driver’s seat.

Both brothers were treated at Geisinger Medical Center, in Danville, for their injuries and results of blood tests came back that Brian Glass tested positive for marijuana and morphine and his blood alcohol level was nearly double the legal limit at 0.14, according to court documents.

Family members wept as a state trooper read the cause of death for Kirk Mahaffey and his 3-year old son as multiple blunt force injuries.

Apfelbaum sent all charges to Northumberland County Court and Brian Glass asked for a bail reduction from the original $250,000 the judge set.

Brian Glass told Apfelbaum the only money he receives is from a disability check he gets from the United States Army for serving 14 months in Iraq.

Brian Glass told police he would live with brother, who recently moved to Sunbury.

Apfelbaum lowered bail to $200,000 and sent Brian Glass back to Northumberland County Prison.

Brian Glass will now face multiple felony counts of aggravated assault by vehicle while under the influence, homicide by vehicular driving while under the influence, homicide by vehicle; and multiple misdemeanor charges, including driving under the influence of a controlled substance, involuntary manslaughter, and recklessly endangering another person and several summary traffic violations.

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