Fyock takes plea deals for fatal car accident

A fatal traffic accident three years ago affected many lives, Duncansville Police Chief James Ott said Friday.

Kelsey Lynn Miller, 16, of Nanty Glo lost her life. The driver of the car, Daniel Paul Sullivan Turous, 17 at the time, of Vintondale is serving time in a state correctional institution.

And a man who was seriously injured in the accident, Patrick J. Fyock, now 24, of Vintondale stood before Blair County Judge Timothy M. Sullivan, charged with involuntary manslaughter and providing alcohol to a minor.

Sullivan accepted a plea agreement under which Fyock will serve 4-23 months in the Cambria County Prison.

On Friday, Fyock entered no-contest pleas to the two charges against him and accepted a prison sentence in the standard range of Pennsylvania’s guidelines: 4-23 months, plus two years’ probation.

Ott’s point was all of the suffering and the broken lives could have been prevented had Fyock, an adult, acted his age and not provided alcohol to Turous, a minor.

“We as adults are to be leaders, ” Ott told Judge Sullivan.

He said Fyock is an example of an adult who on Sept. 25, 2010, was not a leader to the teenagers but a person who introduced the young people to criminal activity.

And that led to the “loss of the life of a beautiful young girl.”

Ott said the Hollidaysburg accident scene was the most horrific he’s seen in his 19-year career.

He [Fyock] chose to go with the kids, and instead of being a role model ended up being just the opposite, Ott said.

According to testimony in May, Fyock bought a case of Miller Lite at a Mount Union beer distributor and took the beer to a Turous family cabin in Mifflin County.

Turous drank some of the beer, and after a trip back to Cambria County that day to pick up Miller and another girl, the group decided to go back to the Turous family cabin.

When police attempted to stop the Turous car because of erratic driving, the 17-year-old tried to get away, and a chase began. As Turous drove from Duncansville to Hollidaysburg, his speed increased to 100 mph. As he entered Hollidaysburg, the vehicle went out of control and flipped over, slamming into buildings before coming to a stop.

Miller’s parents did not make a statement Friday, and Fyock, when asked, said he had nothing to add.

The judge offered his condolences to the Miller family and said, as a father of four himself, he cannot imagine a worse circumstance than to lose a child.

He said the best way Fyock could make amends for providing the alcohol to a teenager and for the ensuing accident is to be a law-abiding citizen when he gets out of jail and “make sure this is your last interaction with the law.”

The judge fined Fyock $1,500 and ordered him to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and a mental health exam.