The weekend demise of two Downingtown teenagers last Monday who were killed when an allegedly DUI driver who slammed into their family’s minivan left a grieving Chester County community.
Siblings Miles and Charlotte Hannagan were thrown out from their seats when the minivan they were riding was struck by a pickup truck in Exton around 7:00 o/clock in evening of Saturday. Police said that although each of them wore seat belts at the time of the crash but the impact was immense.
Miles, age 19, was a sophomore student at the University of West Chester University; while Charlotte, age 18, was a junior student at Downingtown High School West.
Pickup truck driver, Thomas Muir, age 25, resident of Media is now facing vehicular homicide and several charges in connection with the fatal wreck at the corner of North Ship Rd. and Rte. Police discovered that the operator, impaired with alcoh9ol, was driving his GMC Sierra pickup truck at top speed when it hit the minivan.
The victims father identified as Paul Hannagan was driving the Honda Odyssey; their mother; and two other adult relatives were also injured. Police said that they were all transported to Paoli Hospital for treatment.
According to Pam Sheridan, incumbent executive director of the university’s office of communications, Miles Hannagan was a chemistry and biology major at West Chester U. Since he was residing in Downingtown, he daily commuted to school.
As Downingtown High School West was closed Monday to celebrate Presidents’ Day, they would make grief counselors available for students when school opens.
School officials were devastated by the tragedy and said that no words were enough to express the sadness of the school community. As the tragic news spread, both classmates and friends of the duo started posting remembrances on social media.
Miles was popular and considered one of the smartest, most dedicated bio majors at WCU; while Charlotte was one of the most talented people in high school.
Chief Joseph Pontarelli of Uwchlan Township Police named the deaths as a gragic loss of like in the highest degree.
Investigators learned from witnesses that the pickup truck was driven at high speed and running in an erratic manner before the accident.
Officers responding to the scene observed that Muir emanated alcohol smell and likewise failed field sobriety tests.
His BAC was tested at the Hospital at Chester County Hospital though police officials did not disclose those results.
Records in March of 2014, Muir was apprehended in Chester County and faced charged for the use and possession of drugs. He was later accepted into the Chester County Drug Court Program. On April of 2011, he was also arrested in Delaware County for disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.
Muir was confined in the Chester County Jail in lieu of a $75,000 bail with the preliminary hearing scheduled for Feb. 24.
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