BUCKINGHAM TWP. - A Wayne County man was drunk on vodka when he crashed a car and killed a 24-year-old woman, then denied driving, state police at Honesdale said in court papers filed Monday.
Jonathan. R. Dinan, 28, of Lake Como, faces nearly a dozen charges including felony counts of homicide by vehicle while DUI, homicide by vehicle and aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI, according to court papers.
Dinan was operating a 2004 Subaru Legacy “well in excess” of the 45 mph limit just before 4 p.m. April 8 on state Route 247, near Equinunk Creek Road, when the one-car crash occurred, killing passenger Amanda Sue Szymanosky, 24, of Lakewood, police said.
A second passenger, Hunter M. Welch, 23, told police after the crash the three had been drinking and “now they are paying for it,” according to arrest papers filed by Trooper T.J. Branning.
The three started drinking at 11 a.m on the day of the crash, finishing a half-gallon bottle of vodka in a hour, arrest papers state.
Dinan's blood-alcohol concentration was 0.157 percent. A driver in Pennsylvania is considered intoxicated at 0.08 percent.
Szymanosky was not wearing a seat belt, thrown from and pinned underneath the vehicle, later dying at Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton.
A dazed Dinan was found behind the wheel, reeking of alcohol, and a disoriented Welch was discovered wandering in a nearby field, according to witnesses. Neither of them had life-threatening injuries.
Dinan denied he was the driver.
“He related that he was not sure how many people were in the vehicle,” Branning wrote. “He related that he knew his friend Amanda and some other kid were in the vehicle. He related to me that he did have a couple of alcoholic beverages but not much.”
Welch later told the authorities that Dinan was driving, Szymanosky was in the front passenger seat and he was in a back seat, according to the affidavit.
Dinan eventually admitted to driving the car, police said.
According to police, Dinan was traveling north when he lost control on a left curve, causing the car to exit the road. He tried to steer back onto the road but couldn't regain control.
The vehicle traveled off the other side of the road, hit an embankment, rolled and went airborne. Szymanosky was ejected through the sun roof, police said.
Dinan and Welch were treated at area hospitals.
The charges were filed at the office of Magisterial District Judge Ronald Edwards.
Dinan had not been arraigned at press time Monday afternoon.