Michael Ware of Eastchester, whose 15 year old daughter caused a fatal accident in August, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, endangering the welfare of children, and other charges. Ware, 53, of Scarsdale, New York, owns a vacation home in the Pocono Mountains in Wallenpaupack Lake Estates, located just over a mile from the site of the accident that occurred on August 30th.
Ware allegedly allowed his 15-year-old daughter, an unlicensed driver, permission to drive his SUV. However, his attorney said his client denies having given her permission. According to Pennsylvania accident attorneys, Pennsylvania State Police filed 13 criminal charges against Ware. Ware’s attorney said the prosecution will need to prove that Ware gave his daughter permission to drive and show a direct link between the permission granted and the accident.
Underage daughter allowed to drive
The accident involved Ware’s own family. His 15 year old daughter faces charges in a juvenile court. She reportedly told police that her father let her drive the Chevrolet Suburban. She said the accident wasn’t the first time she was allowed to drive. She was allowed to drive the day before the accident from their Scarsdale home to their vacation home in the Poconos. The morning of the accident the teen’s father allowed her to drive to a Dunkin’ Donuts outlet with a friend.
Ware allegedly gave her keys to the SUV to bring him a breakfast sandwich. She was also told to pick up four boys from Bucks County and head to a barbecue restaurant. The girl reportedly lost control of the vehicle on a curve on Goosepond Road in Paupack Township, Pa., and turned turtle several times. Three 15-year-old boys who were in the SUV were killed while three others survived. The teen driver told police she was driving too fast and even requested to be handcuffed.
Lives of 3 teenage boys lost
Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards who presided over Ware’s arraignment termed the accident as a horrific tragedy that could have been easily prevented. According to court records, the teenage driver ignored pleas from her passengers to slow down, following which she lost control and crashed. The three 15 year old boys that succumbed to injuries in the accident included two residents of Holland, Cullen Keffer and Shamus Digney, while Ryan Lesher was from Churchville, Pennsylvania. All three were students at Council Rock South High School in Bucks County.
A case of who is responsible
Pennsylvania accident attorneys say that no one under age 16 is eligible to obtain a driver’s license under New York law, which is another reason why Ware’s daughter should not have been driving at all. According to Ware’s attorney, charging his client in the accident even if he had given his daughter permission is implausible. He was of the opinion that any criminal liability in the case was nonexistent. According to the daughter’s 15 year old friend who was present in the SUV at the time of the accident, Ware had walked the two up to the vehicle and waved goodbye as they drove off. Ware is currently on bail on a $100,000 bond and is due in court Dec. 30th.
Even if the father is in trouble here the daughter was the one who caused the accident and was driving too fast against all logic.