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Bristol Twp Man Sentenced to 19 to 39 Years for Fatal DUI Crash that Killed Two & Seriously Injured 2 others

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A Bristol Township man will spend at least 19.5 years in state prison for a high-speed drunk driving crash that killed two people and seriously injured two others on I-95 in December of 2019.

Kevin R. Peters, of Bristol Township, was convicted by a Bucks County jury last month of two counts each of third-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, homicide by vehicle while DUI, homicide by vehicle, aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI, aggravated assault by vehicle, aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person.

Common Pleas Judge Diane E. Gibbons also found Peters guilty of two counts of driving under the influence and summary offenses of following too closely, reckless driving, disregarding a traffic lane and driving at an unsafe speed.

On Friday, Gibbons heard written and oral victim impact statements from the father of 20-year-old Juan Jose Tavarez-Santelises, Juan Alberto Tavarez, 47, who also suffered permanent injuries in the fiery wreck, and viewed photos of Claribel Dominguez, 35, one with her two young children who are now left without a mother. Through an interpreter, Juan Alberto Tavarez recalled the horror of seeing the smoke and fire billowing from their minivan and knowing his son and Dominguez were both still inside.

“To see your son die, to see your son in the middle of all that fire, it was horrible,” he said.

In court, Deputy District Attorney David A. Keightly Jr. played a video showing Tavarez-Santelises playing the tambora, a Dominican drum, which is one of the many instruments he had mastered in his young life.

His father said his son left behind “a million dreams and unaccomplished goals.”

Before the sentence was handed down, Keightly told Judge Gibbons that everything about Peters’ actions the night of Dec. 6, 2019, was egregious, including his level of intoxication, the speed he was driving, the impact of the crash, and turning down numerous alternate methods of transportation.

Gibbons gave Peters 7 ½ to 15 years on each of the third-degree murder convictions, 2 to 4 years on each of the aggravated assault convictions, and 3 to 6 months on each of the Recklessly Endangering Another Person convictions, all running consecutive, for a total of 19 ½ to 39 years in state prison.

The Recklessly Endangering charges accounted for two other drivers who Peters nearly collided with while driving northbound near the Newtown-Yardley Exit, about 15 minutes before the crash.

Peters was driving a Mazda CX-5 SUV at least 106 mph when he rear-ended a minivan around 1 a.m. on Dec. 6, 2019 in the southbound lane of Interstate 95 in Bristol Township, causing the minivan to veer off the roadway into the shoulder where it collided with the concrete barrier.

There, the car burst into flames, killing Tavarez-Santelises and Dominguez, who were in the backseat and unable to get out. The driver and front passenger, the father and brother of the male victim, each suffered severe burns and injuries but managed to escape with their lives.

Data from the Mazda’s onboard computer showed Peters was traveling at a speed of at least 106 mph in the seconds just prior to the crash. The data also showed Peters applied the brake no more than 4/10 of a second prior to impact and the throttle on his SUV was at 85 percent of full capacity, one second prior to impact.

The victims, who are from Philadelphia, were on their way home from work. The investigation found that Peters had been drinking at a work function in Philadelphia that began at 5 p.m. and later headed to a bar.

He testified he was offered a ride home from Philadelphia but opted to drive home.  A blood draw performed two hours after the crash indicated Peters had a blood-alcohol concentration of at least .151 while driving.

This case was investigated by Pennsylvania State Police and was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney David A. Keightly Jr.

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Langhorne Man Charged for Assault in Behavioral Health Unit

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A Langhorne man has been charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, and a related offense for attacking a security guard at inpatient behavioral health facility earlier this month.

Amen Zion Sheldon Brown was arraigned earlier this week for his assault of the guard on the inpatient unit at Lower Bucks Hospital (LBH)  and sent to Bucks County Jail in lieu of 10 percent of $35,000.00.

According to the probable cause, Bristol Twp Police were dispatched to the mental health inpatient unit on June 12 to meet with the victim. The victim’s forehead was, police said, bandaged and awaiting stiches.

The victim related to the police, that Brown was being abusive and fighting with staff the entire day. Staff members said Brown was brought in on a mental health warrant earlier in the month and since then has been fighting with staff and security guards, according to the probable cause.

The victim along with three other security guards attempted to secure Brown in a room. Brown resisted and started fighting with the victim and other guards before he was pushed into the room. Upon entering the room, Brown started to throw punches. The victim attempted to approach Brown and was punched in the head. The remaining guards were then able to secure Brown. The victim received seven stiches. His other injuries included a swollen eye and blurred vision from the incident. said police.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 9, 2024.

 

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Randall Ave Bridge Restoration Project to Begin Next Week

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The long awaited and much anticipated work to the Randall Avenue Bridge in Bristol Township will begin in earnest next week, township manager Randee J. Mazur said Thursday.

We have an executed agreement with Haines and Kibblehouse based in Chalfont H & K) in the amount of  $1,085,260.00. The project was originally planned to start June 21st and was pushed back a week by Amtrak to now begin Friday, June 28th,” she said.

Mobilization for the work began earlier today, with  setting up the construction laydown areas. They plan to use a portion of Pitt Avenue that is closed and will set up temporary chain link fence with a lock to secure all materials and equipment, officials said.

The Project Schedule is as follows:

6/28/24 to 7/1/24 – 55 Hour Outage on Track 3 with nighttime outage on Track 2

7/12/24 to 7/15/24 – 55 Hour Outage on Track 2 with nighttime outage on Track 3

7/26/24 to 7/29/24 – 55 Hour Outage on Track 1 with nighttime outage on Track 2

The bridge work, with no delays to the schedule, should be completed by the end of July, Mazur said.

Randal Ave Bridge Closed
Credit: Lower Bucks Source

“Gilmore and Associates is finalizing the abutment project bid and details, should be completed early July and then we will solicit bids for this work.”

If the abutments are ready for work, then with contract awarded, this work could start as early as July or August and is estimated to take three months. The abutments are what is required for the 3.5-ton limit and there is discussion with the work being done that it may be able to be increased once completed. The township manager said, our police department was advised we will need truck enforcement for the bridge to enforce whatever weight limit there is while we continue to work on design and funding for a full bridge replacement.

The 169-foot span bridge in the Edgely section of the township has been closed since February of 2023 after chunks of the bridge fell onto the ground and onto the Amtrak and SEPTA rail lines below. For the 16 months township officials have worked feverishly reviewing solutions, applying for grants, speaking, and meeting with  civil construction companies and leveraging county, state, and federal officials seeking help and support.

A community meeting held by the township in January involving officials from state, federal, and Amtrak offices seems to have put the project in motion. For almost a year there was little to no movement on what exactly should be done, due in part to Amtrak’s specific guidelines and requirements, one official, who asked not be identified said.

The project has gone back to using hi rail equipment for some of the work. H&K has their hi rail inspection scheduled for June 26th. H&K is planning to mobilize today and start setting up the construction laydown areas today and tomorrow (6/20 & 6/21). They plan to use a portion of Pitt Avenue that is closed and will set up a temporary chain link fence with a lock to secure all materials/equipment, Mazur said.

 

 

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Bristol Woman Charged for Pulling Fire Alarm, Shutting Power at Villager Lodge Motel

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A Bristol woman with a long history of mental health issues and convictions walked into a local motel grabbed a fire extinguisher, discharged its contents and subsequently pulled its fire alarm leading to her arrest early Thursday morning.

According to police, Chrystal Brewington, 33 walked into the Villager Lodge Motel located on the 5300 block of Bristol Pike at just after 4 a.m., Thursday, June 20. She grabbed the fire extinguisher from the wall and discharged its contents in the parking lot. A motel employee implored her to leave the premises immediately. Brewington, not following directions,  returned to the hotel lobby and pulled the fire alarm which led to police and the Third District Fire Company being dispatched to the motel.

Brewington was told to leave again by the establishment’s overnight clerk.

She walked  outside, returning moments later, headed for the breaker panel and shut off the electricity in the motel, the criminal complaint alleges.

Police noted the senselessness of Brewington’s actions since there was no actual fire at the motel.

A second motel employee told police Brewington damaged the alarm system with needed repairs costing $700.00.

She was charged with three misdemeanor offenses- false alarm, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief, She was jailed with bond set at 10 percent of $20,000 and tentatively scheduled for preliminary hearing on July 3.

Prior to this incident Brewington was involved in an incident at the Rodeway Hotel in which Alfred Camp allegedly stabbed her in the leg. 

His preliminary hearing was scheduled for today, however case information has yet to be updated online.

 

 

 

 

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