Police: Driver in fatal Newberry Twp. crash was drunk

Christopher Dornblaser
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  • Police say Anthony W. Fickes, 46, of Goldsboro, was drunk before a fatal crash last month.
  • Edna Mikos, 66, of York Haven, was also killed in the crash.

Newberry Township Police say the man involved in a fatal head-on crash last month was drunk.

Anthony Fickes drinks at a bar in the northern part of the county on Jan. 7, 2017. Fickes was found to be drunk before a fatal crash that day. Photo courtesy Newberry Township Police.

Chief John Snyder said Anthony W. Fickes, 46, of Goldsboro, spent about an hour and a half at a bar in the northern part of the county  Jan. 7 before driving and crashing head-on into another vehicle on Old Trail Road in  Newberry Township.

Fickes and 66-year-old Edna Mikos, of York Haven, were killed. Neither was wearing a seat belt.

Snyder said last month that the Mikos family was northbound on Old Trail Road, and Fickes was southbound. Fickes’ vehicle crossed into the northbound lane, causing a head-on crash, according to the chief.

Three children, ages 5, 13, and 14, who were in Mikos' vehicle, were hospitalized at Hershey Medical Center.

Snyder said Friday that the children have since been released.

Anthony Fickes drinks at a bar in the northern part of the county on Jan. 7, 2017. Fickes was found to be drunk before a fatal crash that day. Photo courtesy Newberry Township Police.

"They're all home as far as I know," he said.

Fickes was the only occupant in his car.

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Drinking: A coroner's report released Friday revealed Fickes' blood alcohol content was .255 and .218 in two separate tests on Fickes' body, Snyder said. The first result is more than three times the Pennsylvania legal limit of .08. No autopsy was performed, according to the coroner's office.

Snyder said Fickes had about five to six beers as well as three shots of liquor before driving. Snyder declined to say where Fickes was drinking, other than it was in the northern part of York County.

Snyder said it was between 7 and 10 miles from the crash location and that Fickes was likely driving 10 to 15 minutes before the crash.

At the time of the crash, Snyder had said he believed alcohol was a factor.

“What we said from the beginning was verified today,” the chief said Friday.

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The chief said the DUI system in Pennsylvania needs to be changed, adding that there should be stronger penalties for offenders.

“It’s just not working,” he said.

Fickes had two previous DUI convictions, according to Snyder.

Fickes was charged with driving under the influence by Fairview Township Police in November 2005 and February 2010, according to court records. Fickes pleaded guilty to DUI in both cases, documents state.

“This is a primary example of how impairment affects people,” the chief said.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.