DA to Announce Charges in Fatal Crash
Prosecutors and police said they will announce charges against a driver in the crash that killed a 9-year-old girl last month on the Rt. 611 Bypass in Doylestown.
Drew Bodden will be charged in connection with the Thanksgiving Eve crash that killed a 9-year-old Plumstead girl, officials said Wednesday.
Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler said prosecutors and police will hold a press conference to announce those charges on Thursday.
The announcement will take place at the Doylestown Township Police Department on Wells Road at 11 a.m., Heckler said in a statement.
Sources close to the investigation said Bodden, 37, is expected to turn himself in to Doylestown Township police by Thursday.
Court papers had not yet been filed by early Wednesday afternoon, so it was not clear exactly what charges the driver faces.
Bodden, of Plumstead, was driving a Ford Mustang north on the Rt. 611 bypass on the night before Thanksgiving. At about 6:45 p.m., officials said, he smashed into the back of a Honda CRV, forcing it off the road.
Holly Huynh, 9, was a passenger in the Honda. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
Holly's grandmother, Suzanne Berry, was driving the Honda. She was resuscitated at the scene and airlifted to Temple University Hospital in "extremely critical" condition.
Berry, 55, also of Plumstead, hovered in critical condition for days. On Wednesday, three weeks after the crash, Berry still was hospitalized but hospital spokesman Jeremy Walter said she is now in fair condition.
Holly was laid to rest on Nov. 28 in Doylestown Cemetery.
After the crash, Bodden and his female passenger, Christine Mokrynchuk, 43, were taken to Abington Memorial Hospital for treatment for serious, but not life-threatening, leg injuries.
The crash scene quickly became a crime scene.
Bucks County detectives and prosecutors from the District Attorney's homicide by vehicle division spent hours that night and Thanksgiving morning collecting evidence and documenting the expansive scene in photos and video, in advance of what were expected to be criminal charges against the Mustang driver.
The wreckage from the crash stretched hundreds of yards along the Bypass, near the Broad Street exit.
"The Mustang is smashed square across the front, and the Honda is dramatically crushed from the rear," Heckler said on Thanksgiving. "It suggests that the Mustang hit the Honda at a high rate of speed."
A respected Bucks County crash scene investigator, Langhorne Borough Police Chief Steve Mawhinney, led the reconstruction and investigation into the crash. Assistant District Attorney Robert James, head of the homicide by vehicle division, is directing the investigation for Heckler's office.