Man faces prison for fa­tal Feb. DUI crash

The Morning Call - - LOCAL NEWS - By Vinny Vella

A Bucks County man pleaded guilty to killing a pas­sen­ger in his ve­hi­cle dur­ing a vi­o­lent Fe­bru­ary crash that fol­lowed a night of heavy drink­ing, of­fi­cials said Tues­day.

Keith War­ren Crews III, 26, of Hill­town Town­ship, en­tered the plea late Mon­day to homi­cide by ve­hi­cle while driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence and re­lated of­fenses. He was sen­tenced to four to 10 years in state prison, court records show.

Dur­ing the pro­ceed­ing in the Doylestown court­room of Judge Jef­frey L. Fin­ley, Crews tear­fully apol­o­gized to the fam­ily of Thomas J. McCarthy. McCarthy, 27, died two days af­ter the crash from in­juries that in­cluded a frac­tured skull, in­ter­nal bleed­ing in his brain, and a lac­er­ated colon.

“My ac­tions on Feb. 9 caused more pain than I’ll ever be able to com­pre­hend,” Crews said, ac­cord­ing to pros­e­cu­tors.

Not long be­fore the crash, Crews and a group of his friends were asked to leave Maxwell’s on Main, a bar in Doylestown. Crews “in­sisted” on driv­ing home, pros­e­cu­tors said, de­spite down­ing 15 drinks.

Crews ap­par­ently lost con­trol of his Volk­swa­gen Jetta as he sped down Cal­lowhill Road, a wind­ing coun­try road in New Bri­tain Town­ship, ac­cord­ing to in­ves­ti­ga­tors. Data re­cov­ered from the ve­hi­cle showed he was trav­el­ing nearly 90 mph at the time of the crash. The posted speed limit on that sec­tion of Cal­lowhill Road is 25 mph.

When of­fi­cers from the town­ship po­lice depart­ment ar­rived at the scene, they found the sedan on its side wedged be­tween two trees, ac­cord­ing to the affidavit of prob­a­ble cause for Crews’ ar­rest.

Crews’ blood al­co­hol level was mea­sured at 0.207, more than twice the le­gal def­i­ni­tion of drunken driv­ing, but in­ves­ti­ga­tors say they be­lieve it was closer to 0.24 at the time of the crash.

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