Cops: Latrobe man on fentanyl, pills when he fatally struck motorcyclist
State police say a Latrobe man was under the influence of fentanyl, anxiety pills and Suboxone when he crossed the centerline while driving his car on Route 982 in Derry Township and killed an Allegheny County motorcyclist and seriously injured his wife on Memorial Day.
Preston C. Haines, 31, was charged Tuesday before District Judge Mark Bilik with homicide by vehicle, homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence of a controlled substance, aggravated assault while driving under the influence, reckless endangerment, driving on the wrong side of the road, careless driving and reckless driving by state police in the fatal May 28 crash.
Trooper Trey Parsley reported that the driver of the 2016 BMW motorcycle that was struck by Haines’ northbound sedan about 11:30 a.m. was Bruce M. Miklavic Sr., 59, of Richland Township, who was pronounced dead at the scene of multiple blunt force injuries.
Parsley reported Miklavic’s wife, Kathryn, was thrown from the motorcycle and suffered serious injuries. Parsley said Kathryn Miklavic was flown by medical helicopter to UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh.
Several witnesses reported that Haines’s car drifted across the centerline and struck the southbound motorcycle head-on near Strawcutter Road, just north of Latrobe.
Parsley said that when he arrived at the scene, he saw Haines “staggering” next to his 2002 Volkswagen sedan.
“While I was interviewing Haines, he related to me, ‘I took Suboxone today as well as many other pain pills and anxiety medications’,” Parsley wrote in court papers.
In addition to the anxiety medication and Suboxone, which is used to treat opioid addiction, Haines told the trooper he had taken heroin the day before the crash, according to court documents.
Blood tests showed the presence of all of the substances in Haines’ system, Parsley said.
A preliminary hearing has not been scheduled.
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