Washington County man charged in fatal crash

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A Washington County man was arraigned this afternoon and accused of taking drugs before causing a crash that killed two people in Smith this past summer.

Jordan Jacobson, 19, of McDonald, faces charges of homicide by vehicle, homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, driving at an unsafe speed and other crimes. He was arraigned this afternoon before District Judge David Mark, who ordered that he could be released on $100,000 unsecured bond.

Pennsylvania State Police from the Washington barracks wrote in a criminal complaint that they went to Joffre Bulger Road in Smith about 2 a.m. July 27 for a report of a car crash.

When they arrived, state police wrote, they found a damaged red Chrysler Sebring in a grassy area. Two of the passengers were lying unresponsive on the ground.

Passengers Michael "Dillon" Gregg, 22, of Bulger, and Joseph Bowland, 20, of McDonald, died at a hospital in Weirton, W Va., a short while later.

A surviving passenger told investigators, according to the complaint, that Mr. Jacobson smoked marijuana within an hour of the crash and was driving fast when he approached a curve and lost control of the car.

A test later revealed that Mr. Jacobson's blood tested positive for cannabinoids and opiates, police wrote.

An attorney representing Mr. Jacobson said this evening that neither he nor his client wished to comment.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 22.


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