HIGHLAND TOWNSHIP, Clarion County – The preliminary hearing for a Clark man charged with vehicular homicide in connection with an April crash that killed two Mercer County men has been postponed again.
Joseph Michael Flynn, 24, incurred 23 charges on Dec. 20 by the Pennsylvania State Police in Clarion for his role in the deaths of Mark Marcucci of West Middlesex and Kevin Yarabinec of Sharpsville.
Flynn has been out on bond since his Dec. 19 arraignment on charges of homicide by vehicle while under the influence, aggravated assault by vehicle while under the influence, driving under the influence, driving under the influence with the highest rate of blood alcohol, involuntary manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment, aggravated assault and six traffic violations including failure to use a safety belt.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, Flynn was driving a pickup truck, with Marcucci, Yarabinec and Cody Alan Hughes as passengers, shortly after midnight April 14, 2018, on Miola Road in Highland Township.
While traveling about half a mile north of Bigley Road in Highland Township, the truck Flynn was driving left the road, hit a culvert, a road sign, then two trees before spinning and stopping. The three passengers were thrown from the truck.
Flynn allegedly told two different EMTs that he had about 8 to 10 beers, which he referred to as “a few,” the affidavit states.
Marcucci was pronounced dead at the scene by Clarion County Coroner Randall Stom. Yarabinec was flown from the scene to Allegheny General Hospital and died April 15, the affidavit states.
Another passenger, who was flown to Pittsburgh Presbyterian Hospital for two broken vertebrae, a fractured ankle and knee problems, told police Flynn had been drinking beer at a bar before the accident.
State police determined that Flynn was traveling between 86 and 93 mph when the posted speed limit is 40 mph, the affidavit states.
Flynn’s hearing was postponed due to court scheduling issues, according to the Clarion County district attorney’s office.
The preliminary hearing is set for 10 a.m. Feb. 27 before District Judge Timothy P. Schill, Shippenville.
Flynn was released on a $50,000 bond, according to court documents.
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