• DA: Man accused of being under the influence at time of fatal crash


    SMITH TOWNSHIP, Pa. - A McDonald man was charged Tuesday with being under the influence of narcotics at the time of a fatal car crash last year in Washington County, District Attorney Eugene Vittone said.

    Jordan David Jacobson, 19, was driving the vehicle that crashed around 1:30 a.m. on July 27 on Joffre Bulger Road in Smith Township, killing two of his passengers and causing serious injuries to a third.

    “The investigation concluded that speed, reckless driving and drug impairment were causal factors in this collision,” Trooper Todd M. Stephenson wrote in a prepared release.

    Michael “Dillon” Gregg, 22, of Bulger, and Joseph Bowland, 20, of McDonald, were killed. Benjamin Bowman, 20, of McDonald, was injured.

    Gregg’s father, Michael Gregg, said his son was his best friend and his only child.

    “I won’t see grandkids and I won’t see a wedding. I’m lucky to have seen him graduate high school,” Gregg said.

    Gregg said he’ll never be the same, and he’s upset he’s never gotten an apology.

    “It does bother me that the kid has never reached out to say sorry,” Gregg said. “No remorse as of yet.”

    Gregg said he wants to begin the healing process, but it’s hard to forgive when no one has apologized.

    “It’s all been taken away from me. I know it was an accident and I know I have to forgive, but I’m going to let the justice system do what it does,” Gregg said.

    Jacobson was charged by state police with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence. He was released on $100,000 unsecured bond to await a preliminary hearing scheduled Jan. 22.

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