By Evamarie Socha
The Daily Item
SHAMOKIN DAM — The driver of a stolen car was killed Saturday when the Buick in which he was speeding slammed a rocky hillside along Route 11 in Monroe Township, Snyder County, state troopers report.
Michael Paul Weatherill, 42, of Danville, who has a history of multi-county theft charges dating to 1992, was partially ejected from the 1999 Regal as it slid on its roof about 300 feet before striking a red Ford Focus driven by a 17-year-old Danville boy, state police at Selinsgrove reported.
The Danville boy and his passenger, Chelsalyn Corcoran, 18, of Northumberland, were wearing their seat belts and were uninjured, troopers reported.
Weatherill was pronounced dead at the scene by Snyder County Coroner Bruce Hummel following the 2:45 p.m. accident just south of Northumberland.
State police at Selinsgrove reported the blue Buick that Weatherill was driving had been reported stolen from Montour Township in Columbia County.
Weatherill was speeding south on Route 11 when he passed another vehicle and lost control of the car, state police reported.
The Buick left the road to the right and struck a rock encroachment, causing the car to flip several times and land on its roof.
Weatherill wasn’t wearing a seat belt, state police reported.
The Buick stopped on its roof facing east, against the guardrail in the northbound lane of Route 11.
Authorities closed Route 11 between Northumberland and Tedd’s Landing restaurant in Shamokin Dam for about two hours during accident response.
According to the court reports, Weatherill was charged in Montour County on May 31 with two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and two summary offenses of careless driving and driving at a safe speed, related to an incident that occurred May 27.
Weatherill had a history of thefts, according to court documents. He had been charged in Columbia and Snyder counties in those cases.
The Hummels Wharf Fire Company responded to the scene, as did Shamokin Dam Police and fire police from Sunbury and Snyder County.