Shawn Daugherty
Shawn Daugherty

State police have filed charges against a New Bridgeville-area man who they said caused a 2012 crash that killed his 17-year-old passenger.

The victim video-recorded the crash and the moments leading up to it on his cellphone, charging documents state.

Fabian Wilbur Posey, 20, of 1440 New Bridgeville Road in Chanceford Township, is charged with the first-degree misdemeanor of involuntary manslaughter and the second-degree misdemeanor of reckless endangerment, according to court records.

He remains free on $35,000 unsecured bail, meaning he didn't have to come up with any money to be released but could forfeit that amount if he fails to attend court proceedings.

The crash: Just before 2 p.m. June 11, Posey caused a crash that killed 17-year-old Shawn Michael Daugherty of Collinsville Road in Chanceford Township.

Shawn, a well-liked young man, had just finished his junior year at Red Lion Area High School when he was killed, district Superintendent Scott Deisley said at the time.

He was riding in a Ford Ranger being driven by Posey, who was 18 at the time, police said.

They were on Kauffman Lane, a private dirt road just off Collinsville Road, when Posey lost control of the pickup truck when a back tire rolled into a rut, according to charging documents.

Pinned: The Ranger flipped onto its right side and Shawn was partially thrown from it, then pinned underneath it, police said.


About three months after the crash, Posey told police he was driving between 10 mph and 15 mph when the crash happened, and that he was distracted by his iPod when he lost control, documents state.

But police said a cellphone video taken by Shawn while they were driving on the dirt road shows Posey shifting gears and accelerating when he lost control of the Ranger, according to documents.

'Messing around': Chief deputy prosecutor Tim Barker said Posey should have known better, despite his age.

"That doesn't excuse what occurred," the prosecutor said, adding Posey was "messing around" with a piece of machinery that can be deadly.

"When you see all the evidence, including the videotape, you will see that his conduct was a gross deviation from any known standard of care (in operating a vehicle)," Barker said.

No bad intent: The prosecutor said that doesn't mean Posey wanted to hurt his friend.

"We do acknowledge ... that there was no malicious intent whatsoever on the part of Mr. Posey," Barker said.

Posey could not be reached for comment. It is unclear whether he has retained a defense attorney.

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