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No Charges Against McMurray Man Involved in Fatal Crash

Washington County District Attorney Gene Vittone said there was not enough evidence to substantiate the charges.

Charges won't be filed against a McMurray man involved in a crash that killed a Canonsburg teenager in 2010, Washington County District Attorney Gene Vittone confirmed Wednesday.

Thomas B. McNary crashed his sport utility vehicle into a car July 17, 2010, in the area of West McMurray Road and state Route 19. The crash caused a chain-reaction collision injuring several people and killing 18-year-old Adah Porter, the Observer-Reporter indicated.

"The evidence which we gathered which includes many interviews and medical records does not support the filing of criminal charges," Vittone said. "From what we have it appears that this tragic accident several years ago was the result of McNary's diabetic condition."

greg February 14, 2013 at 11:32 PM
I was there that day in the left lane one care ahead of Adair(she was in the center lane). McNary struck Adair's car at what I would estimate 45 miles per hour, her car was about even with ours after it was crushed and pushed forward into the cars in front of her. There was no screeching tires, McNary made no attempt to slow down before impact. What he did do is put his car in reverse seconds after impact, look to his left at my wife sitting in the passenger seat of our vehicle and fully accelerate into the right lane to flee the scene. As he crossed rt. 19 his vehicle was at such a high rate of speed that it lifted his tires off of the ground as he drove over the cement traffic triangle as he proceeded down McMurray road. Pretty amazing for someone so out of it from low blood sugar. I live only a few miles from the scene and McNary lived only about 4 miles from the scene. I am not a diabetic but find it impossible to believe that a person can go from being 100% fine to being totally out of it in an instant from low blood sugar, there has to be some indication to that person. I believe McNary felt he was not mentally right but believed he could make it the 4 miles home and that poor decision cost Adair Porter her life.
Kim February 15, 2013 at 12:18 AM
Greg, I am having problems understanding this as well. I thought also that after the first accident he crossed over 19 and hit another vehicle, tried to get away from that as well and even tried to run on foot to get away. Also I thought that there was another person in the vehicle with him. Do you know if this is accurate? If yes, it doesn't make sense to me that he would not have pulled over if he wasn't feeling well and ask the other person to drive him safely home. The entire thing just doesn't sit well with me and I find his story hard to believe. I feel for this young ladies family and friends . It just seems so unfair.
greg February 15, 2013 at 01:54 AM
He did continue down McMurray road until he hit another vehicle and then set off on foot until the police apprehended him but I did not witness that. We saw no passenger in his car at the accident scene. Yes, life is not fair and this case really smacks you in the face that fact.
marilyn February 17, 2013 at 12:58 AM
There is something wrong with no charges being filed. This man hit how many cars and he is getting away with it. He seemed to comprehend that he had hit vehicles and to leave the scene of the accident. At least he should be charged with that -- leaving the scene of an accident. It doesn't seem fair at all!
Brenda February 18, 2013 at 10:13 PM
I have to agree - low blood glucose levels causes many things, but going into reverse -taking off again and then set off on foot to escape! Too many purposeful and intentional movements to blame on glucose levels. He should have been charged.

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