Canton man charged for fatal crash
TROY -- A 21-year-old Canton man has been charged for a crash that occurred Nov. 30, 2012 on Southside Road in Leroy Township which resulted in the death of his passenger, according to court papers filed with the office of Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy.
Tyler Calvin Molyneux of Route 154, Canton, had a preliminary arraignment Dec. 17, with his unsecured bail set at $100,000. He faces a preliminary hearing at 1 p.m. Jan. 22 before Wilcox.
Molyneux was charged with accidents involving death or personal injury while not properly licensed, a felony; careless driving - unintentional death; and other offenses.
Last year, the crash claimed the life of Molyneux's passenger, Nicklas Bernat, 20. He was pronounced dead later that night at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa., according to state police at Towanda.
Police said Molyneux lost control of the vehicle he was driving on a right curve on Southside Road at 4:32 p.m., causing it to travel off the north side of the roadway and strike a tree.
According to an affidavit, Molyneux's certified driver history indicated his license had been suspended for 90 days for an underage alcohol offense, effective Nov. 22, 2012. The official notice of the suspension was mailed to Molyneux on Oct. 3, 2012.
Police said a Limited License Affidavit, signed by Molyneux, was found in his vehicle's glove box. It noted that he could only drive during the stated times for work, school, or medical treatment.
According to police, the stated times on the Limited License Affidavit indicated that Molyneux could leave his house at 5 a.m. Monday through Saturday to drive to work at Oak Hill Veneer on Route 14 in Troy, and he should arrive at work by 5:45 a.m.
He was able to leave work at 2:30 p.m. to drive home and should arrive home by 3:15 p.m. In the case of overtime, he was able to leave work at 3 p.m. and get home by 3:45 p.m. No other times were allowed.
Molyneux was charged with violating the terms of his occupational limited license as well as a lane violation and a speeding violation. Molyneux admitted he knew he had been driving outside of his allotted times on the Occupational Limited License, according to police. Police said his vehicle entered a curve at such a speed that prevented him from safely negotiating it.
According to the affidavit, Molyneux said he left work with Bernat as his passenger around 2:45 p.m. Nov. 30, and they arrived at Molyneux's residence around 3:15 p.m. They spent about one hour there before leaving together to go to the Towanda/Wysox area to fill out a job application at Craftmaster Manufacturing. Molyneux couldn't remember anything about the crash, except driving past a Ford Mustang that was parked in a yard about one half mile from the crash.
Police obtained information that had been stored on Molyneux's Cobalt's vehicle sensors, which showed the change of velocity for the Cobalt to be 59 mph. The change of velocity was the vehicle striking the tree, police said. Police found no evidence of mechanical failure on the vehicle which would have contributed to the crash.
Preliminary investigation indicated that speed contributed to the crash, according to police. Neither Molyneux nor Bernat had been wearing a seatbelt, police said.
Molyneux was also charged for not wearing a seatbelt. Police said Bernat died as a result of blunt force trauma.
Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.