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DA: Brolley Gets 15 to 30 in State Prison for Drunken Crash that Seriously Injured Four Neshaminy High School Girls

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The 25-year-old man who seriously injured four Neshaminy High School girls in a drunken head-on crash in Northampton Township last year will spend more than 15 to 30 years in state prison.

Shane Brolly was heavily intoxicated the night of March 27, 2021, when he crossed into opposing traffic to pass a vehicle crash in the 300 block of Bridgetown Pike in Northampton Township and crashed into a vehicle occupied by the four teen-age victims, who were celebrating the first day of Spring Break.

Blood tests results showed Brolly’s blood-alcohol content was 0.21 percent, more than twice the legal limit to drive, and an investigation found he had been drinking for several hours prior to the crash. The investigation also found Brolly was removed from a Philadelphia bar because he was heavily intoxicated, and prior to Brolly driving away from the establishment, his friends pleaded with him not to drive, even offering him an Uber and a place to stay.

In imposing sentence on Thursday, May 19, 2022, Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey L. Finley told Brolly, “You are a lucky man that you are not here facing numerous counts of homicide by vehicle.”

Finley sentenced Brolly to three to six years in state prison on each of the five counts of Aggravated Assault, with each sentence running consecutively for a total of 15 to 30 years in state prison.

He was also sentenced to an additional 72 hours to six months for a count of DUI-Highest Rate of Alcohol, also running consecutively.

In addition, Finley ordered Brolly to pay restitution of more than $62,000 to the victims for unpaid medical expenses.

Prior to sentencing, Deputy District Attorney Robert D. James told the judge that the impact on these four girls and their families simply cannot be measured.

All four victims gave impact statements, telling the judge how their lives have been devastated as a result of this crash.

The teens spent several weeks in the hospital, suffering from serious injuries that included broken bones and fractures, traumatic brain injuries, internal injuries that required surgery, and multiple lacerations. They all continue to receive treatment for their injuries, along with counseling and physical therapy.

One of the victims described being in the car with her friends singing along to the radio and then waking up in the hospital unable to see because of fractured bones in her face. “Can I please wake up from this nightmare,” she recalled saying.

Another victim said she and her friends had spent the day celebrating the first day of Spring Break by going shopping and eating pizza and ice cream and were planning a sleepover. Instead, the crash sent her to the hospital for “three weeks that felt like three years.”

A third victim told Judge Finley that she still feels guilt because she was driving when Brolly crashed into them. Once an avid soccer player who had dreams of playing at Penn State, she recently underwent a fourth surgery to repair a fractured femur and is now afraid to go to college away from home.

A fourth victim continues to receive therapy weekly. In telling the judge about the trauma she and her friends suffered, she also wanted to thank first responders and the group of Good Samaritans who helped save their lives.

It was about 10:10 p.m. when Emily and Michael Lohin heard a loud crash in front of their property and called 911. When they went outside, they could see an active fire in an overturned Mazda SUV. Michael Lohin and another neighbor Eli Bielawsky used a fire extinguisher to put out the active car fire.

The Lohins and Bielawsky heard screaming and cries for help coming from inside the Mazda. The crash damage to the girls’ vehicle had them trapped inside.  Michael Lohin was able to remove the vehicle’s sunroof to get three of the girls out, using his shirt to protect them from broken glass. Emergency personnel were able to get the fourth victim out. The Lohins remained on scene to comfort the victims until emergency personnel arrived.

The victims – two 16-year-old girls and two 17-year-old girls – were rushed to the hospital.

Based on evidence and witness statements, police determined Brolly was driving north on the 300 block of Bridgetown Pike and attempted to pass a vehicle by crossing the double yellow lines into the southbound lane. The area is a no-passing zone.

While in the southbound lane, Brolly collided with a Mazda SUV, causing the vehicle to roll several times, and pushing it back 50 feet off the roadway. The crash sent Brolly’s truck back into the northbound lane where it then struck the vehicle he attempted to pass.

Brolly was travelling 70 MPH at the point of impact, with the accelerator fully engaged, and he did not brake. Brolly’s passenger, Eion Quinn, also suffered serious internal injuries that required surgery, multiple abrasions from the seat belt, and hip and lower back injuries. Three occupants in the third involved vehicle that was struck by Brolly were treated at the scene and released.

At the scene, police located opened and unopened beers in Brolly’s truck and detected an odor of alcohol on him.

The investigation found that Brolly began drinking at 3:48 p.m. that day in Montgomery County, then went to two bars in Philadelphia and continued drinking until 9:52 p.m., when a bartender at the second Philadelphia bar cut him off and refused to serve him because he was extremely intoxicated.

Witnesses and friends begged him not to drive and even offered him an Uber ride, but he sped off instead.

In January, Brolly entered an open guilty plea to five counts each of Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Assault by Vehicle while DUI and Aggravated Assault by Vehicle, eight counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person and one count each of Accidents Involving Death or Injury While Not Licensed, DUI-General Impairment, DUI-Highest Rate of Alcohol, Driving at Unsafe Speeds, Careless Driving, and Disregarding Traffic Lanes.

Brolly, who is a non-US citizen and has lived in Philadelphia for two years, does not possess a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license. The operators license from the United Kingdom was suspended at the time of this offense.

According to records received from Northern Ireland, through the United States Department of Justice, Brolly also has an active arrest warrant out of Northern Ireland after entering a guilty plea in September of 2019 from a June 23, 2019, police pursuit that reached speeds of 114 miles per hour. The 16-mile chase ended when Brolly crashed and tried to flee on foot, according to authorities there. In that case, Brolly admitted to consuming six or seven pints of beer before driving.   Brolly fled Northern Ireland prior to sentencing in that matter.

This crash was investigated by the Northampton Township Police Department and the Bucks County Crash Investigation Team and was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Robert D. James.

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Nearby: Wellness Check Turns into Homicide Investigation, Son in Custody

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What started as a wellness check of an elderly woman turned into a homicide investigation in Northampton Township  and the victim’s son says he’s responsible , said police.

The woman was identified as Dolores Ingram and lived in a condominium on Beacon Hill Drive in the Holland section of the township.

The Bucks County District Attorney’s Office and the Northampton Township Police Department are continuing their investigation into the killing of the 82-year-old woman. An autopsy will be conducted Tuesday, June 18, authorities said.

Northampton Township Police said they were dispatched to do a wellness check of a resident on Sunday, June 16, 2024, after her son, William Michael Ingram, 49, had been taken into custody in Washington D.C. for allegedly assaulting an officer and damaging a police vehicle. During his arrest, he told several Metro D.C. police officers, he killed his mother.  On Monday, he was charged with stealing his mother’s vehicle, authorities said.

The victim was located inside her home after Bucks County radio dispatchers received a call from the Metropolitan D.C. Police Department to check on her well-being.

Northampton Township police officers responded to the address. From the outside of the first-floor condo, they observed blood on a windowsill and more blood smeared on the walls, window, and floor inside. The furniture inside appeared in disarray. Police forced entry through the locked front door. The living room appeared to have been cleared out, with the exception of a pile of clothes, towels/linens, furniture, and other household items on the far-right side of the living room. One of the officers began to pull items off the pile and move the couch. As he moved the couch, he observed a foot, which felt cold to the touch. The officer noted there appeared to be no signs of life, police said.

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Northampton Township Police and the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office launched a death investigation. Investigators obtained a search warrant, and the deceased female was identified. authorities said, she appeared to have sustained severe head trauma. She was buried under a pile of household items, including furniture and clothes, in the main living room area

The Bucks County District Attorney’s office said, a witness reported being awakened at 1 a.m. Saturday to the sound of loud banging. While the witness was awake, she reviewed her home camera and at 1:42 a.m., the camera showed William Ingram running out of the condo shirtless. He walked back a minute later. Hours later, at 10:03 a.m., the camera showed him leaving the residence. He was wearing a shirt and carrying a duffel bag. The witness said she had not seen him since.

Police located +Ingram’s vehicle in the complex’s parking lot, but his mother’s white 2015 Honda Civic was missing. Using license plate readers, investigators tracked the vehicle to two locations: at 10:13 a.m. at the 413 Bypass and Route 332 East in Newtown Township, and at 10:21 a.m. on Route 332 and Stony Hill Road in Lower Makefield Township. Based on the readings, the vehicle was traveling away from the residence. During a search of the residence, police could not locate the keys to Dolores Ingram’s Honda Civic, but they did locate a key fob for William Ingram’s vehicle next to his mother’s body, said police.

Detectives with the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office and the Northampton Township Police Department are handling the investigation, with help from the Metropolitan D.C. Police Department. This case is assigned for prosecution to Deputy District Attorney Marc J. Furber and Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Reckner, said Bucks County District Attorney’s Office spokesman, Manuel Gamiz Jr.

Court records show William Ingram is currently charged with two felony counts with the theft of his mother’s car. .

He remains in custody in Washington D.C. Additional charges against him will be filed at the appropriate time, said the Bucks County District Attorney’s office.

 

 

 

 

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PennDOT: Overhead Sign Installation Scheduled Thursday Night U.S. 1

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PennDOT announced overhead sign installation is planned at night Thursday on U.S. 1 in Bensalem Township, under a $116 million project to reconstruct, widen, and improve a three-mile section of U.S. 1 in Bucks County.

Motorists are advised of the following travel restriction:

  • Thursday, June 20, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning, periodic 15 minute stoppages are planned in both directions on U.S.1 between the Route 132 (Street Road) Interchange and the Bristol Road overpass.

Drivers are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the work area because backups and delays may occur. All scheduled activities are weather dependent and subject to change.

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Health - Bensalem Township

Bucks County Cooling Centers while Excessive Heat Warning in Effect

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An Excessive Heat Warning will be in effect in Bucks County from 10 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday evening.

With an extended stretch of days with temperatures forecast in the 90s, cooling centers in Upper, Central and Lower Bucks will be open for the duration of the advisory to seniors and people experiencing homelessness who are seeking refuge from the heat.

The following cooling centers will operate from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. each day unless otherwise noted:

Bensalem Senior Citizens Association
1850 Byberry Road
Bensalem, PA 19020
215-638-7720
*CLOSED SATURDAYS*

Bristol Borough Senior Center
301 Wood Street
Bristol, PA 19007
215-788-9238

Morrisville Senior Service Center
31 E. Cleveland Avenue
Morrisville, PA 19067
215-295-0567
*CLOSED WEDNESDAY 6/19 AND SATURDAY 6/22*

Palisades Middle School, Library
4710 Durham Road
Kintnersville, PA 18930
HOURS 10 A.M. –  5 P.M.
*CLOSED SATURDAYS*

Quakertown Masonic Lodge
501 W. Broad Street
Quakertown, PA 18951
267-450-5191

Riegelsville Borough Hall
615 Easton Road
Riegelsville, PA 18077
610-749-2726

YMCA of Bucks County – Warminster Branch
624 York Road
Warminster, PA 18974
267-387-9622
*CLOSES AT 5 P.M. SATURDAYS*

YMCA of Bucks County – Fairless Hills Branch
601 S. Oxford Valley Road
Fairless Hills, PA 19030
215-949-3400
*CLOSES AT 5 P.M. SATURDAYS*

Senior centers throughout Bucks County are also open and available daily to residents 55 and over. Check with your local senior center for hours of operation and details.

The county generally issues an Excessive Heat Warning when the National Weather Service forecasts daytime temperatures will reach 95 degrees by 11 a.m. on two or more consecutive days, or when heat indexes will reach 100 degrees on any given day.

Municipalities or nonprofit agencies interested in participating in this program in the future should contact Bucks County Emergency Services at 215-340-8700.

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