Two Teens Killed in Saturday Morning Crash

High speed, alcohol suspected causes of collision.

Two Horsham area teens were killed in a 1:19 a.m. car crash Saturday and three others sustained "relatively minor injuries," Horsham police said. 

Robert Walker Nagel, 19, of Ambler, and Edward Taylor Coombs, 19, of Horsham, were found dead at scene of the crash, which occurred near the intersection of Witmer and Norristown Roads in Horsham.

Nagel and Coombs were passengers in a 2007 Honda Accord driven by Connor James McNicholas, 19, of Ambler. McNicholas and the other passengers, Darryl Neville, Jr., 18, of Darby, and Timothy Kurpiel, 19, of Horsham, were transported to Abington Memorial Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. 

According to a press release issued by the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office, one of the occupants said the car's speedometer read 99 MPH seconds before the crash. Police also learned that the teens had just left a party where they were drinking beer and/or mixed drinks.

Horsham Police Lt. Jon Clark said a joint investigation with the DA's office is ongoing. Any charges stemming from the crash would be filed by the DA's office, Clark said. 

Interviews and autopsy are being conducted at this time. The investigation will continue with laboratory analysis of the driver's blood and crash reconstruction.

McNicholas was said to be traveling westbound on Witmer Road, when his car traveled off the roadway and struck a curb. The car then crossed over Wade Avenue and entered a property located at 600 Wade Avenue.

"They traveled across a yard before hitting a tree," Clark said. 

Authorities said several trees were struck before the vehicle finally came to a stop. Preliminary analysis shows that McNicholas’ car traveled approximately 405 feet, from the initial point of losing control in the bend in the road to where it came to rest. 

"High speed is definitely suspected," Clark said. "We're looking into alcohol."

It is not clear if the kids were wearing seatbelts, Clark said, adding that the vehicle was totaled and has been impounded for further investigation. 

Anyone with any information pertinent to the investigation is asked to contact  at 215-643-8284 or the Montgomery County Detectives. 

Mark August 12, 2011 at 01:44 AM
Mark 6:47pm on Thursday, August 11, 2011 I think that TV shows, movies and MOSTLY video games--which feature reckless driving on public streets--are contributing factors in this tradegy. Has anyone else driven at night on I-95 (in Philly) lately and been passed by a pack of cars, weaving through traffic at 90+ mph?
HHSMom2011 August 16, 2011 at 10:23 AM
It is truly sad, as I really don't think most won't learn from this tragedy. For example, this past Friday I was in the funeral traffic @ the intersection coming from MMR & Horsham Rd. I was going straight towards 309 & most were turning left to head to cemetary. A small 2dr car full of 4 teens decided to floor it to get through the turning arrow that already turned red & made the turn, crossing into the outer lane in which a car was already in that lane & almost damn near hit it! Just because of the increased speed and turn they were trying to make. The kids stand there & mourn a great loss, but are they truly going to take it to heart, unfortunately not. They will still drive wreckless & may even drink. One thing I do not understand & perhaps someone can clairfy for me, please. Why would various news reports (not just the patch) report "they had been drinking at a party they recently left" if that information was not accurate or if one of the teens involved did not admit it? Sure, it is possible that his BAC is zero, but that would mean zero drinks then. Now we all know peer pressure and having fun, if with a group of friends all drinking, even one 12 oz beer would affect the BAC automatically, it would not be zero anymore no matter what a male weighs. When are the BAC results due in as it has been weeks now? Also, why wouldn't he be charged even if @ zero? wasn't he still driving at excessive speeds and wreckless driving that killed those 2 young, vibrant lives.
Theresa Katalinas August 16, 2011 at 11:47 AM
Hi, I can help clarify some of this. The information about the teens allegedly drinking at a party came from the DA's office. Even at the outset before the DA released names and specifics about the crash, Horsham Police said they believed alcohol may have been a factor. I am in constant contact with the DA's office and the crash is still being investigated. The DA needs results of toxicology reports, as well as crash reconstruction before charges could be made - if they are made. Whether or not charges would be brought is up to the DA. Someone reported on this site that the driver's BAC was reportedly zero. I checked with the DA on that and was told that results at that time had not been finalized. I am not sure who is putting out the misinformation or why they are doing it. But, I have been told that it was just that: misinformation. Hope this helps to answer some of your questions.
LansdaleWatch August 17, 2011 at 02:15 PM
HORSHAM, Pa. - August 17, 2011 (WPVI) -- A 19-year-old will be charged for his role in a high-speed crash in Montgomery County that left two other teens dead. Action News has learned that Connor McNicholas, of Ambler, will be charged with homicide on Wednesday. http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/local&id=8311215
Eve August 17, 2011 at 09:26 PM
Drunk as expected.


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