Lower Southampton Township police have charged a Warminster woman with killing two Falls Township residents in a mid-March three vehicle crash . Police said they have confirmed the woman was driving under the influence of alcohol and prescription medications in the incident.
Kerri Millard, 28, was arraigned Thursday with two felony counts of homicide by vehicle, two felony counts of homicide by vehicle while under the influence, four misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence (DUI), six misdemeanor counts of recklessly endangering another person, and summary charges for driving at an unsafe speed, reckless driving, and disregarding a traffic lane. She was remanded to the Bucks County Correctional Facility on 10 percent of $200,000 bail.
According to Lower Southampton authorities, they responded to East Street Road between Philmont Avenue and Old Street Road in Feasterville shortly before 8 p.m. on Thursday March 19 for reports of a crash involving occupant entrapment and fatalities. The incident involved Millard, who was operating a 2004 Chevrolet Suburban, Sharon Vince, 64, and Charles Rishell, 79, in a 2002 Honda Accord, and four occupants inside a 2014 Toyota Sequoia.
Police noted in a probable cause affidavit that through accident investigation, they concluded Millard was traveling westbound on East Street Road when her vehicle veered to the left, crossed over both westbound lanes of traffic and crossed the raised concrete road divider, entering the eastbound, opposite and oncoming lanes of traffic, before it struck the Honda Accord head-on. When a nearby Toyota Sequoia attempted to avoid the collision, the Honda Accord rotated clockwise and struck the Sequoia, before landing in an embankment along with Millard’s vehicle.
At the time of police arrival, all vehicle passengers required extrication from their vehicles.
The operator of the Accord – identified as Vince, of Falls – was removed from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. Her passenger, Rishell, also of Falls, was extricated and rushed to St. Mary’s Medical Center where he was pronounced dead shortly after.
It was not noted whether the driver or passengers inside the Sequoia required any medical treatment.
While removing Millard from her SUV, police noted an odor of alcohol emanating from her breath and her eyes to be very bloodshot. Millard admitted to police that she drank several small wine bottles in the time leading up to the crash. She also admitted to taking several prescription medications that day. Police uncovered three empty plastic bottles and one full bottle of Sutter Home wine inside her vehicle, according to court papers.
While at St. Mary’s Medical Center, blood was drawn from Millard. Test results delivered on April 6 idnicated her BAC was .083. Medications including Aripiprazole (Abilify), Bupropion (Wellbutrin), Hydroybupropion, and Topiramate (Topamax) were also found in her system. Majority of the medications can be used to treat depression, migraines and/or smoking cessation, police said.
Millard remains in county jail and awaits a preliminary hearing with District Judge John Waltman on June 2.
Editor’s Note: All individuals arrested or charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty. The story was compiled using information from police and public court documents.
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