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W’chester Man Arrested for Permitting Teen to Drive Car in Fatal Pa. Crash

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An arrest was made Wednesday in connection with the August car crash caused by a 15-year-old Pleasantville girl who lost control of the vehicle she was driving that killed three Pennsylvania teenagers.

Michael J. Ware, 53, of Scarsdale was charged with two counts of endangering welfare of children, three counts of involuntary manslaughter, six counts of recklessly endangering another person and one count of permitting an unauthorized person to drive.

Ware was the owner of the vehicle, a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban, driven by the girl who lost control on a curve on Goosepond Road in Paupack Township, Wayne County, Pa. causing it to flip over multiple times. The Aug. 30 crash resulted in the death of three 15-year-old boys from Bucks County, Pa., which is north of Philadelphia.

The driver, whose identity has not been released because of her age, and two other passengers in the vehicle escaped with injuries.

Although the Wayne County District Attorney’s office would not confirm Ware, comments made by Edwards following the accident included statements that the vehicle involved in the accident was registered to her father.

“This was a horrific tragedy and unfortunately one that could have so easily been prevented,” said Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards. “The law must be followed in order to prevent such a tragedy in the future.”

While the girl did not possess a valid driver’s license or learner’s permit, a Pennsylvania State Police investigation revealed that Ware had given the girl permission to drive his vehicle on the day of the crash. He had also allowed her to get behind the wheel on previous occasions.

When interviewed in August, Ware initially denied that he had given the girl permission to use his vehicle, authorities stated. Subsequently, he will face a charge for the false report.

Ware was arraigned before a local magistrate and is currently being held on $100,000 bail. His next court appearance will be at the Wayne County Courthouse on Dec. 30.

Edward’s office confirmed that a juvenile criminal petition has also been filed in connection with the case; however, the law regarding juvenile matters prevents their name or the nature of the charges from being released.


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