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July 3, 2013

Police: Pot, booze led to fatal bridge crash

SUNBURY — The brother of a Port Trevorton man who is charged in a fatal traffic accident told police they were smoking a “few bowls” of marijuana and drinking vodka right before the head-on collision on the Veterans Memorial Bridge that claimed the life of a Northumberland man and his 4-year-old son.

Brian Glass Jr., 25, was arrested Tuesday and charged by state police at Stonington with 22 counts, including vehicular homicide, after a nearly year-long investigation.

Kirk Mahaffey, 22, of Northumberland, and his 4-year-old son, Mayson, were killed last July. Police and several witnesses said Glass, who was driving a Jeep Liberty with no registration and a two-year old inspection sticker, crossed the double-yellow line and slammed head-on into the Mahaffey family Chevrolet, police said.

Glass’ brother, Cody Glass, was interviewed by police in November 2012, and according to court documents, he told officers he and his brother were snorting vicodin and drinking alcohol for several hours before the crash.

The brothers were crossing the bridge from Snyder County and had smoked a “few bowls” and were still drinking vodka mixed with soda 30 to 45 minutes before the crash, police said.

After the July 17, 2012, 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. When the results of blood tests came back, 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.

Several witnesses were interviewed by police who said they saw Glass driving eastbound on the bridge, swerve into the westbound lane, directly into the path of Mahaffey, who was driving a Chevrolet Equinox.

Another witness said she was behind Mahaffey and saw the Jeep Liberty emerge from around a tractor-trailer and cross the double-yellow line and strike the Mahaffey vehicle, police said.

The causes of death for Mahaffey and his son were listed as multiple blunt force trauma, according to court documents.

Brian Glass was charged with 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. No charges were filed against Cody Glass.

Glass was arraigned late Tuesday afternoon by District Judge Benjamin Apfelbaum and placed in the Northumberland County Prison in lieu of $250,000 bail. A preliminary hearing has not been scheduled.

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