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Woman accused of causing crash that killed six now in jail

Court date set for January

By: WJAC Web Staff

KANE, Pa. -- The woman accused of causing a crash that killed six people, including her daughter, is now in prison, according to court documents.

Court documents showed that Kathleen Douglas, 37, of Kane, is now in the McKean County prison, and is awaiting a preliminary hearing on more than 30 charges stemming from the fatal crash on Sept. 2.

Court records show Kathleen Douglas bail was changed from unsecured to monetary following a change in her medical condition. She is in prison on $750,000 bail.

Douglas was placed in a nursing home for medical treatment due to her injuries in the crash.

Police said Douglas was under the influence of prescription medication when she collided head-on with another vehicle along Route 219 in Hamlin Township, near Kane.

Douglas was charged with six counts of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, six counts of homicide by vehicle, and multiple other charges including involuntary manslaughter and recklessly endangering another person.

Douglas, her 10-year-old son, her daughter Olivia, 12, and her nephew Jarrett Costanzo, 6, were in Douglass vehicle. Olivia and Costanzo were killed. In the other vehicle, Gary Beimel, 62, Elaine Beimel, 55, David Cuneo, 54, and Florence Donachy, 81, all of St. Marys, were all killed.

Police said Douglas had high level of Clonazepam in her blood that was several times greater than what was prescribed to her.

The Bradford Era reported in October that when police interviewed Douglas at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, she told them she didnt remember anything about the crash.

A preliminary hearing for Douglas was scheduled for Jan. 16.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times