Connor McNicholas (Temple image)  
Temple golfer charged in fatal crash

By Joe Logan
Published August 17, 2011



On Wednesday, Connor McNicholas pleaded not guilty after police charged him with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence in the Aug. 6 crash that killed two teens.


In all, McNicholas faces 20 charges.  Details here.




It is now clear from news accounts that the 19-year-old at the wheel at the time of a one-car crash that killed two teens early Saturday morning was a stand-out on the Temple golf team, Connor McNicholas.


According to news and police reports, McNicholas 2007 Honda Civic was traveling at a high rate of speed on Witmer Road in Horsham when it hit a curb, crashed into several trees, and came rest in the yard of a home.


In addition to McNicholas, four other teens were in the car, police said.  Edward Taylor Coombs, 19, of Horsham, and Robert Walker Nagle, 19, of Ambler, were pronounced dead at the scene.


Three others in the car – McNicholas, of Ambler, Darryl Neville Jr., 18, of Darby, and Timothy Kurpiel, 19, of Horsham, where taken to Abington Memorial Hospital.


One of the surviving passengers told police that the car was traveling at 99 miles per hour moments before the crash.  The passenger also told police that the teens had been at a party earlier in the evening, where they all had been drinking.


The Inquirer reported Wednesday that blood was drawn from McNicholas and that police are awaiting the results of toxicology reports to decide whether to file criminal charges.


McNicholas, a graduate of Hatboro-Horsham High School, was a freshman on the Temple golf team this past year, where he was off to a strong start to his collegiate career.  Here is a video of McNicholas swing made when he was a senior in high school.


In April, he was named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week. In May, McNicholas was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference team


Last month, McNicholas, whose home course is Commonwealth National GC, shot 77-72 to finished tied for 15th in the prestigious 107th Philadelphia Open, won by Temple teammate Andrew Mason.  Only days before the crash, McNicholas had attempted to qualify for the U.S. Amateur.



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