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UPDATE: Crash now Criminal Investigation

A Bucks County reconstruction specialist is investigating whether speed was a factor in Wednesday night's fatal crash on the Rt. 611 Bypass in Doylestown.

The investigation into Wednesday's fatal crash on the Rt. 611 Bypass in Doylestown is now a criminal one.

Investigators from the Bucks County District Attorney's office spent Wednesday night and Thursday morning at the crash scene. They are reconstructing events and documenting evidence in preparation for what is expected to be criminal charges against the driver of a Ford Mustang.

The wreckage from the fatal crash remained strewn along the roadway for hundreds of yards. That, and the damage to sustained to both involved vehicles, led authorities to treat the crash scene as a crime scene.

"The Mustang is smashed square across the front, and the Honda is dramatically crushed from the rear," District Attorney David Heckler said Thursday morning. "It suggests that the Mustang hit the Honda at a high rate of speed."

Two vehicles crashed on the Rt. 611 Bypass at 6:46 p.m. Wednesday.

A Pipersville girl (conflicting reports put her age at 7 or 10) who was riding in the Honda was pronounced dead at the scene. Her grandmother, who was driving the car, was in "extremely critical condition."

The 37-year-old male driver of the Mustang and his female passenger were in serious condition at Abington Memorial Hospital after the crash.

Assistant District Attorney Robert James is directing the investigation for Heckler's office. He heads the office's homicide by vehicle division, Heckler said.

James and a team of investigators including crash reconstructionist Steven Mawhinney were at the scene late Wednesday and early Thursday, taking measurements and photographs, Heckler said.

A Bucks County detective videotaped the entire extent of the expansive crash scene from the ground, and investigators are planning to get another tape of it from the air.

"We are going to keep the road closed until after 2 this afternoon, because state police will come down and take a video so the jury can get an overview of what they’re looking at," Heckler said. "Then presumably we’ll be able to impound the vehicles for further investigation and clean up and reopen the road."

The crash scene extends hundreds of yards from the point where the two vehicles collided to the points where they each came to rest, Heckler said, estimating the scene at "several football fields" in length.

Leading the scene reconstruction will be Mawhinney, who previously was a sergeant with Bristol Township police before becoming Langhorne Borough's police chief in 2011.

Mawhinney, who lives in Lower Southampton, is one of only a few accident reconstruction experts in the Philadelphia region credentialed by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction.

"I place great confidence in his opinions," Heckler said.

 

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kevin November 24, 2012 at 01:09 PM
a bit more info here http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/49943540/#.ULDGO46I0TM
Kathy Smith November 24, 2012 at 02:41 PM
I understand a witness said Drew Bodden passed him going 75 so speed and stupidity were clear factors. It is my friend and her family who are suffering beyond belief. With the loss of one and another critically injured. May Boddens injuries remind and haunt him the rest of his life.
dog lady November 24, 2012 at 03:04 PM
So Kathy...how can a witness know that Drew was going 75? it is my understanding there are few witnesses as a matter of fact only one and that person stated he was not sure how fast any of them were going...stop spreading lies ...if you are truly friends of the family who lost the child you should be posting prayers for everyone involved in this accident because they ALL are going to need many many prayers.
Rob Laurent November 24, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Not to mention he had after market add ons to make it faster.
Rob Laurent November 24, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Have some respect, stop making up scenarios.
matt fennell November 24, 2012 at 09:33 PM
thank you dog lady. This is a difficult time for both sides, I know Drew, he is a good person. I know he's going through a tough time, the little girls family is going through a time. I think we all gotta leave him alone and let this work out, Im sure he'll make a statement when he can, he is no criminal, he does have a heart.
Oliver November 24, 2012 at 09:56 PM
@ Dog Lady.....The witness admitted, that he himself, was doing 75 mph and said that even at that speed, Drew flew by him.
Kelly November 25, 2012 at 03:53 PM
I just read the article about the mother going to see her daughter at the funeral home yesterday. As a mom of 3, I can't imagine or comprehend her pain. I also know Drew, Christine and his family very well. He has been one of my husbands best friends since grade school and has a huge heart. He comes from 2 great parents, an wonderful sister and brother in law and 2 nieces that he adores more than anything. I have no idea exactly what happened, nor do any of us and I continue to pray for everyone involved. I can't imagine the pain of losing a child which is every parents absolute worst fear. I also can't imagine being Drew and living with it. I know we are all quick to judge people. I have def done my share of judging in my life, probably way more than I'm proud to admit. I've known Drew for most of my life and he is a good, kind hearted person and anyone that really knows him or his family would agree. I will keep praying for everyone involved in this horrible tradgedy.
matt fennell November 25, 2012 at 04:06 PM
I too, know Drew well, a very good guy in high school and 20 years after high school, still a good guy. He's no criminal, Very well said Kelly.
Chris November 25, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Drinking or not this idiot Drew guy obviously has a lead foot and doesn't learn from past arrests. Just in May 2012 he pled guilty for failing to obey traffic control devices, and in 2007 for driving without a license and speeding. Wonder why he lost his license?? This wasn't just an "accident". It was gross negligence and I hope he is charged with homicide. You all think he's still a "good guy?" You wouldn't be saying that if it was your friend or family member he murdered. Who cares if he has two great parents, a huge heart or a loving family?? Doesn't excuse him driving like a maniac!
PaulieS. November 25, 2012 at 05:21 PM
What are the odds he even has auto insurance, after so many citations? If he does have insurance, I bet it's the bare minimum.
PaulieS. November 25, 2012 at 05:30 PM
A statement from his jail cell.
Kelly November 25, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Paulie, I sincerely hope you or anyone you know is never faced with something as horrific as this. I am not passing judegment because no one knows exactly what happened nor do you. I think reserving judgement until we have facts is probably the best idea. A tradgedy like this truly brings out the best and the worst in people which I also understand. I know that there is nothing anyone can say that is going to cause Drew more pain and sadness than he himself will carry with him forever.
PaulieS. November 25, 2012 at 08:44 PM
@Kelly......been there done that, so yes, I do have experience on this topic. This is why I bring up the insurance topic. It is very difficult for someone, with a driving record like his, to get/keep insurance. They either don't get it or get some lame basic policy that does no one any good. It's the way the game is played.
Diane G November 26, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Any time you drive a vehicle with more power than you it brings trouble. If it is true that Drew had other violations, and If he was speeding he killed an innocent little angel and that is where the focus should be... All the prayers in the world will not give this little girl jet life back... So therefore punishment should be to the greatest extent once determined as to why this happened.
matt fennell November 26, 2012 at 12:55 AM
We all dont know all of the facts, all we know is a innocent little girl died, very tragic and the mustang got involved, persons, everything we gossip about, is the stuff we hear and read about. I know Drew, he is a good person, because I know him, not like hang out with him or talk to him every week, but Well enough that I know he's going though a tough time and is hurting inside and out. I think most of us has made mistakes in the past and came through them. I ask, lets stop talking negitive things, put yourself in his shoes. Lets be patient, see how the facts and statements from all the persons that were involved.
Brutis November 26, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Nice guy or not, when we get behind the wheel of a car, we have an obligation to operate the vehicle in a safe manner so as you will not cause injury or harm to yourself and more importantly others. To collide with another vehicle such that wreckage is strewn over hundreds of yards does not provide evidence that the vehicle was operated in a safe manner. A person died beacuse a choice was made to operate in an unsafe manner and there must be consequences for such actions...nice guy or not.
Bullitt November 26, 2012 at 08:30 PM
June, Mustangs have these things....not sure if you've ever heard of them before...called "speedometers". They provide feedback on how fast you're going at any given time. Also, do you have any idea how many makes and models of vehicles on the roads today make 280 horsepower or greater with V6 engines? By your logic, the roadways should be completely congested with accident scenes. And...you're wrong, it wasn't a 2012 Mustang.
Jeff Lugar November 26, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Exactly my thoughts, Darrion. The whole point of an expressway is to not stop. But you get one accident and people start kneejerking.
Clara November 26, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Jeff Lugar....it was not an just accident it was a death and yes, that should get people's attention. Stop downplaying the severity of the tragedy here.
Kelly November 26, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Who cares if he is a nice guy or has great parents or a big heart. That does not excuse stupidity or not following traffic laws. People drive way too fast on 611, especially that stretch of 611. Reading this article broke my heart. I cannot imagine losing my child, especially near the holidays. Al;ll I can say is that I hope something good comes out of this.
Mike November 27, 2012 at 06:41 AM
I have encountered a speeding dark colored Mustang when I am on my way home from College going south on 611 from Hellertown, to Ottsville at around 9:30pm. He drives up to me like he is going to hit me, and has his high beams on the entire time. I turned my side mirrors out to let him know he is blinding me but he still rides close, and leaves his high beams on. Going above the speed limit on the upper part of 611 at night is crazy.
Mike November 27, 2012 at 07:17 AM
From what I understand cops are not allowed to hide, though they do on occasion. If they are using radar they need to be roadside with at least their running light on (dusk til dawn). If someone is going well over the speed limit they will not have enough time to react. This gives people the opportunity to adjust their speed, not slam on their breaks.
kevin November 27, 2012 at 01:30 PM
i believe thats not true Mike. Only state police can use radar in PA so local police have to manually time your speed. thats what the two white lines you see on the roads are for
Jeff Lugar November 27, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Most of the "tragedy," Clara, is just people looking at it through the lens of emotion because it was a child and the eve of a family holiday. If it were a homely 43-year-old lady on July 18th, no one would say boo about the accident; the article would be lucky to get three comments. Either way, one death isn't a reason to suggest putting stop lights on an expressway.
Clara November 27, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Jeff Lugar....I don't think there should be stop lights either. That was not my issue with your post. I felt that you minimized the situation. I have to disagree with you about the homely 43 year old. I would truly feel horrible if I read about that too. A life is a life...its all precious. There is way too much careless driving in Bucks. I wish people took it more seriously, cops included in that. I would rather drive in NYC then Bucks. That's how bad it is here.
Mike November 28, 2012 at 12:29 AM
You are right Kevin, but up here we have alot of staties. And both the township and the state police hide. I see one that hides at the top of the souderton, and perkasie exit ramp behind bushes and trees. I think they should focus on those who are driving recklessly and stop picking on those who who are driving within 5 miles of the speed limit. Also how is it that a four lane highway in Coopersburg is 35mph? when back roads are 45? Penndot is horrible at setting speed limits...or are they setting speed traps for the townships?
Barney Sloan December 01, 2012 at 01:55 PM
The big issue on both bypasses around Doylestown is how fast cars drive. The speed limit is 55 most people do 70. Starting Monday night the state police will probably start enforcing the new 40 mile an hour speed limit as you pass the Main Street overpass westbound on the 202 by-pass. Oh and most of the time I see vehicles from NJ doing over 80 miles an hour. I do not want to see the local police be allowed to us radar like in other states and hand out tickets for 5 miles an hour over the speed limit. I would agree with keeping the 10 mph requirement they are now required using the timing devices so there is no abuse. We need to slow people down in PA on local roads. Also if the driver in this accident was drag racing and traveling in excess of 100 mph, he should go to jail for a long time.
phillymomoftwo December 05, 2012 at 02:05 AM
what is the latest update?? how is mrs. berry doing??? and drew??? what about his girlfriend??? you know his facebook page is down but before his family did so or himself, there is a video he had mad of burning rubber in his mustang. my 9-year old daughter cries and misses her friend.....they were not in the fast lane....they were about to exit at state street to go get pizza, more like he was in fast lane then switched back because a vehicle probably in the fast lane wasnt going fast enough for him so he switched back and forth both lanes . Idiot, selfish, self centered, spoiled rotton mommas boy who never had a responsibility in his life who 's mom and daddy always bailed him out......No respect for LIFE other than life is a party party party.........his injuries are of his own demise...who cares about his injuries or his girlfriends??? i dont!!!! there is a little girls who's mother would rather have her back alive with injuries to deal with rather than burying her.....Drew should have been the one to die if there was a choice... Yes i am pissed, i am angry that is man is gonna geta slap on the hand....he is lying or someone is in regards to her car broken down....such bullshit.....he was speeding.......he passed a witness that was doing 75 right before the accident, he was just flying up 611 utilizing both lanes at a high rate of speed. Now watch him marry christine now just to keep her mouth shut about what "REALLY HAPPENED" Loser, selfish bastard, may HOLLY haunt you
Darrion December 05, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Philly mom, got take a ride to the wreck site. The accident WAS in the left lane, at BROAD ST. If you're going to spew a rant, the least you can do is base it on REAL facts. If found guilty of vehicular homicide that carries a 4 year minimum prison term, is that a slap to you??

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