Man arrested, charged in deadly alcohol-fueled crash

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — A person has been arrested in connection to a lethal crash that killed one other man and left a number of others critically injured in Montgomery County.

In keeping with a launch from Montgomery County District Legal professional Kevin Steele and Cheltenham Township Police Chief John Slavin, police arrested Alexander Koenigsberg, 18, of Huntingdon Valley for murder by car whereas driving underneath the affect, aggravated assault and different prices in connection to a one-car crash that killed Nicholas Bednarek, 20, of Abington.

Three others have been critically injured within the crash.

The incident occurred within the 1000 block of Greenwood Avenue within the early morning hours of Jan. 23. Cheltenham Police responded to the crash and located 4 individuals in a automobile and Koenigsberg mendacity on the bottom outdoors close to the car’s driver facet door, officers mentioned. All 5 of the automobile’s occupants have been critically injured and brought to space hospitals. 

Koenisberg sustained spinal accidents and a damaged clavicle.

Bednarek was pronounced later that morning at Abington Memorial Hospital, officers mentioned.

Cheltenham Police and the Montgomery County Detective Bureau discovered throughout an investigation Koenigsberg, who was driving the automobile, was driving northbound on Greenwood Avenue, going at the very least 62 mph. Officers mentioned he drove his car throughout the bridge, which is a 25 mph zone, after which misplaced management on a curve following the bridge. Officers mentioned he then struck a two utility poles earlier than his automobile spun and got here to a relaxation within the southbound lane of Greenwood Avenue.

A joint crash investigation by Cheltenham Police and the Montgomery County Detective Bureau discovered that the Honda Civic pushed by Koenigsberg was continuing northbound on Greenwood Avenue at a velocity of at the very least 62 mph. Koenigsberg drove his car throughout 

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Officers mentioned the group had attended a party that evening, the place no alcohol was served. The investigation additional discovered that Koenigsberg and others had been exiting the half to drink alcohol he had in his car. Officers mentioned empty alcohol bottles have been present in Koenigsberg’s car after the crash. A buddy informed detectives that he had tried to take the keys to forestall Koenigsberg from driving.

Investigators decided the crash was brought on by Koenigsberg’s stage of alcohol and drug impairment mixed with extreme velocity, officers mentioned.

His blood alcohol stage was discovered to be .117 %, in addition to the presence of THC metabolites, officers mentioned.

Koenigsberg is awaiting arraignment.