Man charged in crash that killed four people

WESTMORELAND COUNTY — Charges were filed against a man accused of causing a crash on Route 30 in North Huntingdon, Westmoreland County, last month, killing four people.

Timothy Richardson, 31, of Trafford, was charged with four counts each of felony homicide by vehicle while DUI and homicide by vehicle, five counts of misdemeanor recklessly endangering another person, two misdemeanor counts of DUI and several traffic violations.

The incident occurred around 6 p.m. Feb. 14, on Route 30 near Carpenter Lane -- near Jim Shorkey Mitsubishi.

Richardson was the sole survivor of the crash, which killed a passenger in Richardson’s vehicle, Jeffrey Tomay, and three women in another vehicle who were on their way home from a Lunar New Year mass. Police identified the victims as Thu Thi Xuan Nguyen, 51, Lan Thi Trinh, 67 and Phuongan Trinh Tran, 30.

North Huntingdon police say Richardson’s blood alcohol level at the time of the crash was just over the legal limit at point .093. They say the Buick he was driving didn’t have a valid inspection and found panels of the car were rotted out, the rear brakes were not passable and fuel tank lines were leaking.

Investigators also say there weren’t any skid marks on the road from where Richardson slammed head on into the women’s SUV. Police believe Richardson being under the influence made him incapable of driving and caused the crash.

Richardson is being held in the Westmoreland County Jail on $250,000 straight cash bail.