The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

July 9, 2013

Woman charged in fatal crash

By Joe Pinchot
Herald Staff Writer

LAKE TOWNSHIP — A North Carolina woman has been charged with causing the death of her boyfriend in a car crash more than a year ago in Lake Township.

Audra L. Brown, 33, Raleigh, was charged July 2 by state police with homicide by vehicle while driving drunk, drunken driving, a lane violation and careless driving in the June 30, 2012, crash that claimed Jonathan D. Newcomb, 27, of Inez, Ky.

Ms. Brown has been sent a summons to appear for a preliminary hearing at 11 a.m. July 24 before District Judge D. Neil McEwen, Pine Township.

The car was westbound on Fredonia Road when it went off the road at a sharp curve near Fairlamb Road and entered a field, where it spun out and rolled, police said. Newcomb was pronounced dead at the scene. Brown was treated at two hospitals.

Police said Brown told them she and Newcomb had been in town for unspecified work training and were staying at a motel.

They had had dinner and drinks at a Springfield Township restaurant and then went to a Stoneboro bar, police said. They were headed back to the motel when the crash occurred.

Brown was wearing a seat belt; Newcomb was not, police said.

Brown climbed out the window of the car and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on Newcomb, who vomited in her mouth, police said.

While she was being treated by ambulance personnel, Brown talked to police in a “bubbly, laughing manner” about how her grandfather had died that day, she had just killed her boyfriend and he vomited in her mouth, police said.

Brown initially told police Newcomb had been driving but, when police confronted her that they did not believe her story, she said, “I’m sorry. I was driving. I’m just scared,” police said.

Police said Brown’s blood-alcohol level was 0.178 percent, higher than the .016 percent limit that is considered the highest rate for drunken driving penalties.