MONROETON — The driver responsible for a crash that killed an elderly Towanda couple last month is facing multiple felony charges following an investigation by Pennsylvania State Police.

Nathan Charles Beers, 26, of Towanda was charged with two counts of homicide by vehicle while under the influence, a grade-one felony; two counts of homicide by vehicle, a grade-three felony; misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence and DUI — highest rate of alcohol, and multiple summary traffic offenses.

According to police, troopers responded to a two-vehicle crash shortly after 3:30 p.m. on May 11 at the intersection of state Route 414 and the Burlington Turnpike.

Police said the accident occurred when the Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck Beers was driving struck a Mercury Grand Marquis sedan head-on. The sedan had been attempting to turn onto state Route 414.

The couple in the sedan, Albert and Florence Planishek, were pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Police added that Beers’ vehicle was traveling 94 miles-per-hour at the time of the crash, and his blood-alcohol content level was -.186 percent.

Beers was arraigned before Magisterial District Court Judge Todd Carr and remanded to the Bradford County Jail in lieu of $30,000 straight bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 19.

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