A Rices Landing man is facing charges, including homicide by vehicle, following allegations that he was drinking at a house party before he got into a 2019 crash that killed a passenger in the truck he was driving.
Thomas Casey Wilson, 21, has been charged with one felony count each of homicide by vehicle while DUI, homicide by vehicle, accident involving death, aggravated assault by vehicle and aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI; two misdemeanor counts of DUI; one misdemeanor count of reckless endangerment; and four summary offenses.
According to the criminal complaint filed by Cumberland Township police April 12, Wilson was less than half of a mile away from the party when he crashed the truck into a parked car and a telephone pole on Nemacolin Road in Cumberland Township early in the morning on July 7.
A passenger in the car, Landen Watters, 20, of Rices Landing, was killed in the crash.
Police said Wilson, Watters and Jacob Tedrow came to the party together. When they left, Wilson was driving, according to a witness.
That witness, who was not identified in court paperwork, reportedly told police she knew all three were drinking and was concerned when she heard a fire whistle a short time after they left.
The witness reportedly told police Watters was in the rear seat of the vehicle, and Tedrow was in the front passenger seat.
The crash occurred around 1:30 a.m., police said. Around 5 a.m., they located Wilson at his home and took him into custody for a blood test. Results from the test showed his blood-alcohol level was .136%, according to the complaint.
The charges were filed before Magisterial District Judge Lee Watson. Wilson has not yet been arraigned on the charges.