A 26-year-old Towanda man is facing two counts of felony homicide by vehicle in the third degree, along with other related charges, following a fatal two car accident on May 11 at the Burlington Turnpike in Monroeton.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, the Pennsylvania State Police found that Nathan Beers had been traveling on Route 414 approaching the Burlington Turnpike when he struck a vehicle head-on that was making a left turn onto Route 414 from the turnpike.
Beers’ vehicle traveled off of the south side of Route 414 after the crash before coming to a rest next to the tracks facing south while the vehicle Beers struck was spun around clockwise before coming to a rest facing west on Route 414, according to police.
Beers was life-flighted from the scene to the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital for unknown injuries. According to the affidavit, several EMTs smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from Beers as they were pulling him out of his vehicle.
The operator of the vehicle that was struck, Florence Planishek, and its passenger, Albert Planishek, were pronounced deceased at the scene by Bradford County Coroner Tom Carman. The affidavit states that Florence was entrapped inside of Beers’ vehicle and Albert was ejected from the front passenger window. Court documents do not disclose where the two victims resided.
Beers submitted to a blood draw and is accused of telling a nurse that he had drank “Jim Beam” and beer. Beers allegedly also told the nurse that he had been taking shots of whiskey, but was unsure how much beer he drank.
A search warrant of Beers’ vehicle led to a scanning of Beers’ Airbag Control Module that revealed a pre-crash speed of 94 miles per hour. Beers’ blood draw revealed a blood alcohol content of .186 percent.
Beers is facing charges of two counts of felony homicide by vehicle in the third degree, two counts of felony homicide by vehicle while DUI, misdemeanor DUI: general impairment of driving safely — first offense, misdemeanor DUI: highest rate of alcohol — first offense, summary violation driving at safe speed, summary violation careless driving and summary violation reckless driving.
Beers has a preliminary hearing on June 19 with Magisterial District Judge Todd Carr.