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Police: Shrewsbury man DUI during crash that killed teen
A Shrewsbury man faces charges after police say he was high when he crashed his car last year, killing a Seven Valleys-area teen.
State police say Jesse Welk, 22, had smoked marijuana before crashing his car in the 33000 block of Seven Valleys Road (Route 616) on April 15, 2016.
Passenger Elise Delozier, 18, of Rohrbaugh Road, was killed in the crash.
Welk, of the first block of Woodland Drive, faces charges of homicide by vehicle while DUI, homicide by vehicle, DUI and summary traffic offenses.
Crash: Police say Walk's black Hyundai Sonota was traveling north when it left the road, causing him to lose control and cross into the southbound lane just before 9 a.m.
The vehicle went up an embankment and crashed into a tree, police said.
Delozier, a 2015 Susquehannock High School graduate, died on impact, according to police.
An autopsy done at Lehigh Valley Hospital revealed Delozier died from multiple blunt-force trauma, according to the York County Coroner's Office.
Charging documents state Welk was going 82 mph in the 50 mph zone when he crashed.
Police say the smell of marijuana was emanating from Welk's vehicle after the crash, and paraphernalia containing suspected marijuana was found in the car.
"The collision occurred as a result of impairment, an altercation with the right front passenger, coupled with speed," Trooper Joshua Koach wrote in charging documents.
Welk: On April 21, 2016, police spoke with Welk, who said he and Delozier were traveling toward Glen Rock when they began arguing because he received a message from a friend she did not like, court documents state.
He stopped the car because Delozier wanted to get out, and she left briefly before he was able to convince her to come back to the car, according to police.
Welk told police he could not remember anything after that leading up to the crash but said Delozier would not have touched the steering wheel to change where the car was going, documents state.
He told police he smoked marijuana while traveling back to work to get his cellphone, according to police.
Charges were filed Tuesday, Nov. 21, and he has not been arraigned on them as of Tuesday. He could not be reached for comment.
— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.