Driver Charged in Deadly Crash | News
A driver is facing homicide charges after police said he was drunk behind the wheel and caused the death of a 20-year-old man.
Andrew Dougan, 22, of Lehman Township is charged with a drunk driving crash that killed Ethan Moyer, 20, of East Stroudsburg.
Dougan is facing several charges, which include homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter and DUI.
Police said Moyer was driving along Business Route 209 in Smithfield Township around 2 a.m. Tuesday. As he turned into the Lake Vahalla development, police added, Dougan crashed into the mini-van Moyer was driving, causing it to flip. Moyer was killed.
According to police on the scene, Dougan smelled of alcohol and failed a sobriety test.
After learning his charges Dougan had a message for Moyer's family. "I have nothing to say except Ii will be repaying my debt to them for the rest of my life."
A woman who lives in Lake Valhalla development said the accident is a tragedy.
"My prayers and thoughts go out to the parents," said Georgette Gambarini.
The deadly crash on Business Route 209 is grabbing the attention of a group called Safe 80. The chairman of that group said this crash is another grim reminder that something needs to be done to make the roads in the Poconos safer and make drivers more aware.
Jamie Keener is the chairman of the Safe 80 Task Force and has been working for past 10 years to make Interstate 80 safer.
In the last year the group expanded its mission to all roads in Monroe County after a surge in fatal wrecks. They hope to educate, enforce and change some roads.
"We're trying get out to the public that voluntary compliance is one way we can reduce the fatalities," Keener said.
Twenty-six people have died in 24 crashes this year alone in Monroe County.
In July, 21-year-old Paul Miller died in a crash on Route 33 north near the Saylorsburg exit. Later that month in another crash on Interstate 380 north two people were killed when a tractor-trailer collided with two vehicles.
In September, 26-year-old William Kurkowski of Buck Hill Falls crashed his SUV in Buck Hill Galls. Police say he lost control of his car.
Safe 80 is now joining with the Monroe County Road Task Force, a group that focuses on road projects to help reduce the deadly crashes.
"Education, enforcement and engineering. Again, all of them take time. We can have reduction and enforcement if we have voluntary compliance," Keener added.
The next meeting for Safe 80 Task Force is Friday, November 19 at 11 a.m. at the Pocono Township Municipal Building near Tannersville.
It is open to the public.