State police filed criminal charges against a man from Northumberland County who was accused of operating a vehicle with suspended license and causing a crash that critically injured a teenager last year.

The accused identified as 24-years-old Aaron Lee Esch, residing in Dornsife, is facing 14 counts of charges, to include – third-degree felony counts of aggravated assault with a car and causing an accident that led to injury with a suspended license.

The crash occurred last December in Mifflin Twp. A Lykens teenager who was a passenger in Esch’s car sustained critical injuries including a punctured lungs, broken clavicle, and broken upper rib.

A state police spokesperson Trooper Rob Hicks related that the teen’s injuries were initially considered to be fatal, but he survived.

Last December, Aaron Lee Esch, age 24 and resident of Dornsife was backing out of a driveway along R-225 in Mifflin Twp. was facing south on a northbound lane.  Esch was tried to merge into the southbound lane but ended in front of a southbound vehicle which crashed the passenger side of his vehicle.

Both vehicles slammed against a utility pole that downed the power lines.

Esch had a 17-year-old boy from Lykens who was critically injured. They were both airlifted to Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center,

Later a spokesperson from the medical center announced that Esch was in stable fair condition but the condition of the 17-year-old passenger was serious.

Police learned that both Esch and the teen were not using seat belts.

The driver of the other vehicle, identified as Lyndon B. Mink from Moutoursville was unharmed

The accident took place at 8:48 o’ lo k in the morning at the corner of Shippen Da Road and R- 225.

State police reconstructed the accident. Each driver was suspected of DUI initially during the collision because Officer William Sheakley was able to smell alcohol emanating from the scene.

After a blood test, Esch’s blood alcohol content was .057, according to charging documents that was under the legal limit to drive in Pennsylvania, which is 0.08.

Esch was driving without a valid license or registration. He was charged in a prior DUI incident so his license was being suspended.

State police said that an accident reconstruction showed that Esch was backing his Hyundai Elantra from a driveway at the northbound lane of R-225 but was facing south when he was hit by a truck tractor driving down the road.

Esch was arraigned Tuesday on the charges and was released from custody after posting a $10,000 surety bond. His prelim hearing is scheduled for June 13 with Magisterial District Judge Rebecca Jo Margerum.

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Sources: Penn Line Com