KANE – A new date will be set for a preliminary hearing for the alleged drug-influenced driver in a six-fatality traffic accident last Aug. 31 near Lantz Corners.
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'Kathy' Douglas hearing is off for Monday
Kane, Pa. – A new date will be set for a preliminary hearing for the alleged drug-influenced driver in a six-fatality traffic accident last Aug. 31 near Lantz Corners.
The hearing for Kathleen S. "Kathy" Douglas, 37, of Kane had been scheduled for Monday before Kane District Court Judge Dave Engman.
The hearing will not be held as scheduled, it was learned Wednesday. A new date is pending.
Douglas, 37, is charged with manslaughter in the horrific accident on Route 219 near Lantz Corners.
Douglas faces 35 charges, including 15 felonies linked with the accident that killed her 12-year-old daughter, Olivia, her 6-year-old nephew Jarrett Costanzo of Kane and four members of a St. Marys family.
Douglas and her 10-year-old son, Danny survived what has been called the worst single traffic accident in McKean County history.
Douglas was driving south on Route 219 near Mead Run Road in Hamlin Township when she allegedly crossed the center line and collided with a northbound car driven by Gary Beimel, 62, of St. Marys.
Beimel was killed in the crash along with his wife, Elaine, 55, her brother, David Cuneo, 54, and her aunt, Florence Donachy, 81, all of St. Marys.
The two children killed in the crash were passengers in the Douglas vehicle.
All six victims were pronounced dead at the scene.
Court records claim Douglas was driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs at the time of the accident.
Douglas is jailed in lieu of $750,000 cash bail.
Smethport attorney Jim Miller represents Douglas. McKean County District Attorney Ray Learn is expected to be the prosecutor at the hearing in Kane District Court.
A new date and time for the hearing will be set after schedules are discussed with attorneys and police involved in the case.