GIBSON TWP. - A motorist from Wayne County admitted to drinking on the morning of a fatal crash, but he implicated a deceased occupant as the driver, according to court papers.

Jonathan R. Yacinovich, 20, of Waymart, was behind the wheel of a 2002 Ford Taurus when he lost control on ice-covered Barlow Road in Susquehanna County about 3 a.m. Feb. 21, causing the car to plunge and submerge in a creek, police said.

A passenger, Andrew C. Mazza, 23, of Greenfield Township, died due to drowning and hypothermia.

Yacinovich managed to extricate himself from the vehicle and alert neighbors. He told police he had been drinking but that Mazza had been driving, according to paperwork.

But multiple witnesses said Yacinovich was behind the wheel, court papers state.

They include Taryn Rosciolo, 18, who told troopers she was in the front passenger seat, Yacinovich was driving and Mazza was in the driver-side back seat, police said.

Rosciolo suffered serious injuries and was taken to Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton.

No charges had been filed as of Tuesday afternoon and Trooper Connie Devens, a spokeswoman, said the investigation is ongoing.

State police seized the car as part of the investigation.

It was unclear if Yacinovich was subjected to a test to determine his blood-alcohol concentration.

It is not the first time he has been suspected in the death of another.

Yacinovich had been charged in Wayne County in 2014 on accusations he and a co-defendant killed Ryan S. Clemo, 31, of Waymart, whose death was ruled a homicide.

Yacinovich and Adam Dixon, 23, of Prompton, were charged after a drinking party in Dyberry Township during which they wrapped electrical cord around Clemo's ankles and “restrained his chest.”

They said they took the action because Clemo was in a drunken, violent rage, according to court papers.

A jury acquitted Dixon of charges related to the death. The district attorney's office decided to not pursue the case against Yacinovich after his co-defendant was acquitted, according to records.