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Driver in 6-fatality crash to stand trial on 35 charges

April 25, 2014

Photo by Ted Lutz Escorted by McKean County Sheriff’s Deputy Cari Olewinski (left), Kathleen “Kathy” Douglas (right) of Kane heads into the McKean County Courthouse for a brief Friday morning court appearance. She will go on trial as the alleged drug-impaired driver in a 2013 traffic accident that killed six people, including her daughter, Olivia, 12, and her 6-year-old nephew Jarrett Costanzo of Kane.

SMETHPORT – A Kane woman will stand trial on 35 charges as the alleged prescription drug-impaired driver in a Route 219 traffic accident last Aug. 31 that claimed the lives of six people.
Kathleen S. Douglas, 37, appeared Friday morning in McKean County Court on her scheduled “last day to plea” in the case.
Senior Judge William F. Morgan of Warren took the bench at 10:12 a.m. in the small courtroom to face the defendant and her court-appointed lawyer—Smethport attorney James P. Miller. County District Attorney Ray Learn appeared for the prosecution.
Miller, addressing the judge, said the case would be “listed for trial.” No date for the trial has been announced.

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