The 19-year-old faces DUI and manslaughter charges in a Lancaster motorcycle accident

The 19-year-old faces DUI and manslaughter charges in a Lancaster motorcycle accident

A 19-year-old from Lancaster has been charged with drunk driving and manslaughter for what police allege was his role in a fatal crash involving two motorcyclists.

According to a criminal complaint, a detective was called to the scene on April 15, 2023, by Susquehanna Regional Police.

The investigator asked the Northwest Lancaster County Collision Unit to respond to reconstruct and investigate the collision.

During the investigation, crews determined that the vehicle driven by Molly Duffy was turning left onto River Road (Route 441), while two motorcycles were traveling directly north on Route 441.

According to the complaint, one of the northbound motorcycles struck Duffy’s vehicle as it entered the northbound lane.

When they collided, the first motorcycle spun counterclockwise, and the second motorcycle rider was separated from his bike and became trapped under the car, leading to his death.

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The rider of the first motorcycle was conscious and alert when the first crews arrived at the scene, according to officials, but was seriously injured. According to the criminal complaint, that victim survived but ultimately suffered a fractured pelvis and multiple injuries around his groin area.

That passenger recalled seeing Duffy hesitate at the intersection before turning left, according to the complaint, but said he did not see her stop before entering the northbound lane on Route 441 from the Turnpike — which is controlled by a stop sign.

Meanwhile, Duffy agreed to undergo a blood test for alcohol and controlled substances. According to the criminal complaint, these tests confirmed that Duffy had tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in her system, which is the active ingredient in marijuana and is considered a controlled substance.

Officials opined that Duffy’s failure to take any action when checking the roadway before proceeding demonstrated “reckless conduct or gross negligence that directly resulted in the death of (Victim No. 1) and serious bodily injury to (Victim No. 2),” according to the criminal complaint.

Now, months later, Duffy has appeared before the district judge’s office facing charges of:

  • Manslaughter
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol
  • Reckless driving that leads to serious bodily injury

Authorities along with the Susquehanna Regional Police Department and the Northwest Lancaster County Crash Team investigated the crash and the causes that led to the accident.

Duffy is considered innocent until proven guilty.

    (tags for translation) Lancaster Company 

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