3 girls drinking and driving die whilst posting Snapchat story (crash not recorded)

The Snapchat story ends immediately before the crash. They had just picked up a fourth passenger (a 17 year old friend). They hit a utility pole, which supposedly electrified the car, so what the crash didn't do to them, the power lines did. The one survivor (which was not the 17 year old they had just picked up) was ejected but is in ICU.

The driver (who was killed) had a 4 year old daughter and was reportedly driving on a suspended license.

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"Investigators are trying to determine what four young women were doing in the hours before three of them died and the fourth was critically injured early Tuesday in a possible alcohol-fueled crash in Bethel Park.

At least part of what happened is believed to have been captured in a Snapchat narrative created by one of the victims as they partied Monday night and into Tuesday morning.

'We believe that the video was made at some point preceding the crash,' Bethel Park police Chief Tim O’Connor said. 'I’m not exactly sure of the time frame between the video being taken and the crash — that’s under investigation.'

Killed in the crash about 1 a.m. in the 5600 block of Library Road were Bianca Herwig, 23, of McDonald, Paige Smith, 21, of Bethel Park and Heather Camisa, 17, of Finleyville. Brooke Molnar, 21, of Sheraden was critically injured and is receiving treatment at Mercy Hospital for back injuries.

When police arrived at the scene, they found a Mitsubishi Outlander SUV entangled in power lines after it slammed into a utility pole. Ms. Herwig and Ms. Smith died at the scene. Ms. Camisa died later at a hospital. Investigators said both alcohol and speed were factors in the crash.

'I’ve been in law enforcement for many, many years, and I will count this as one of the more horrific incidents that I’ve responded to,' Chief O’Connor said.

Part of the women’s night was captured as Ms. Herwig used her cellphone on Snapchat, a video service in which the images disappear after 24 hours.

The video, which has been recorded and was posted on the internet, is more than eight minutes long. It shows Ms. Herwig, Ms. Smith and Ms. Molnar visiting bars, giggling as they ride in an SUV, and singing along with the radio.

Ms. Herwig is in the back seat, occasionally recording herself with her head out the window of the moving vehicle, her blond hair flying in the wind. Ms. Smith is shown driving.

The images show them at a bar with pitchers of blue drinks and plastic cups containing what appear to be shots of liquor. There’s a selfie of the three taken in a bathroom mirror, a stop in a convenience store, and some flirting with other drivers.

There is also a bottle of alcohol that Ms. Smith and Ms. Herwig can be seen drinking from.

Ms. Camisa does not join them in the vehicle until the last moments of the recording, when she can be seen in the back seat with Ms. Herwig.

Ms. Camisa got off work at Dorido’s restaurant in South Park at 11 p.m. Monday before going out with the other women, said Bob Linn, the manager of the restaurant.

'She was hurrying to get out of here, put make up on,' he said.

Mr. Linn said Ms. Camisa had worked at Dorido’s for about three months and looked up to Ms. Smith, who worked at the restaurant for about a year before leaving two weeks ago.

'I did absolutely nothing today because I was sick to my stomach,' he said. 'I knew both of these girls. I was old enough to be their father.'

Mr. Linn said Ms. Smith made bad choices Monday night, including the decision to drink and drive, and Ms. Camisa 'was young, impressionable. That’s what we’re really sick about.' Ms. Camisa was going to be a senior this fall at Ringgold High School.

The school district sent a letter to parents Monday, offering condolences to Ms. Camisa’s family and announcing that a counselor would be available Wednesday and Thursday at Ringgold Middle School in Finleyville.

'We would stress to everyone that if you must drink, get a designated driver, make a phone call, have someone transport you even if you have to pay for it, party at home,' Chief O’Connor said. 'There are options other than going out and trying to wheel yourself after consuming a considerable amount of alcohol.'

Broc Manross, 27, of Mt. Lebanon, said he had met Ms. Herwig a few months ago and was following her on Snapchat.

'She was affiliated with a motorcycle club I’m in and she did some modeling,' he said.

Mr. Manross said he found the internet video to be disturbing.

'It is quite the sensational piece,' he said. 'You have a bunch of beautiful girls that end up dying in a DUI crash after drinking for hours. It was grossly irresponsible, more than anything. People have told [Ms. Herwig] that she needed to slow her roll.'"


By: Horno (1051.18)

Tags: drunk driving,snapchat,snapchat story,car crash,teenage girls killed

Location: Bethel Park, United States