Doylestown Twp ? A man from Bucks County is now facing multiple charges after a Doylestown Twp. crash on Sandy Ridge Rd. that killed a 68-year-old woman. Last Friday, a driver was charged with murder in third degree, driving under the influence, leaving the scene after the accident and several others.
Police identified the alleged driver as Joseph A. Mancinelli Jr., age 24, and resident of Warrington. He was still confined in Doylestown Hospital on Friday when various charges were read.
According to Doylestown police, Mancinelli was caught after fleeing the scene of an earlier accident 4:15 oclock in the afternoon of Thursday. The accident happened when his car going south crossed a double-yellow line and he collided headon with a car driven by 68-year-old Patricia MacAllister, resident of Doylestown.
Police reported that they brought the victim to Doylestown Hospital but due to serious injuries, MacAllister succumbed a few minutes after her admission.
When police apprehended the driver, the police were aware that the driver had alcohol in his breathe at the scene of the accident. He suffered non-serious injuries and was brought to the hospital. Blood was drawn from him and this will be tested for BAC.
Police added that Mancinelli prior to the deadly crash was already involved in one accident, also a mishap with another car. This time, while stopping for red light along Doylestown Townships Progress Drive at West State Street, he rear-ended another car.
According to the other driver, identified as Jaclyn Harmer, after Mancinelli rear-ended her car, he motioned her to pull over along Progress Drive. But when she pulled over, the driver immediately took off before they could exchange the paperwork as required in this kind of accident.
Harmer then followed Mancinelli but she stopped along Sandy Ridge Road for she saw Mancinelli trying to pass a sport utility vehicle and she witnessed as the driver crashed into MacAllister’s car.
Harmer related to the police that Mancinelli open his cars door, got out and walked aimlessly around before he finally laid down in the roadside grass. These were all recorded accompanying the arrest affidavit prepared by Sgt. Justin Notarfrancesco who is Doylestown Township police officer.
District attorney’s office OF Bucks County said Mancinelli will be facing multiple charges to include: murder of 3rd degree, homicide by car, operating a vehicle while intoxicated and driving with suspended license. He also is charged with additional offenses as reckless and dangerous participation in both crashes, failure to stop and give assistance after the first collision, and in the state of drunkeness driving in both crashes.
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