Crash victim's siblings get protective orders against Tierneys' son

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

Two protective orders have been finalized against the adult son of a couple convicted of providing alcohol to Red Lion Area high school students — two of whom died in a fiery DUI crash.

Applications for the protection from intimidation orders were filed Sept. 12 by Carol Tracey, the mother of Nicholas Mankin, on behalf of two of her children, who are 16 and 17 and students at the high school.

Former Red Lion Area High School football player Steve Tierney Jr. lifts during weight training at the high school in Red Lion, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016.
Tierney had protective orders taken out against him by two juvenile family members of Nick Mankin, who was killed in an alcohol-fueled crash. Tierney's mother, Jodie Tierney, was found guilty in 2017 of involuntary manslaughter for both Mankin's death and for driver Stone Hill's death.
(Dawn J. Sagert photo)

Protection from intimidation orders are not the same as protection from abuse orders, which require some type of domestic connection between plaintiffs and defendants. PFIs don't require such a connection.

Tracey has alleged no physical abuse in her PFI applications.

Rather, she wrote that her children need the PFIs "Because of threats and intimidation by the defendant toward my children and family, that has been ongoing since May of this year."

Nick Mankin was 16 years old when he and Stone Hill, 17, died June 16, 2015. Stone lost control of his SUV, which flipped, slammed into a utility pole and burst into flames on Slab Road in Lower Chanceford Township just minutes from Stone's home.

They were coming from the Tierney house, where they spent the day hanging out, swimming and drinking, according to testimony from the trial of Jodie Tierney, Steve Jr.'s mother.

In state prison: A jury on July 20 convicted Jodie Tierney, 46, of Percheron Drive in Windsor Township, of two counts of involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment and one count each of furnishing alcohol to minors and corruption of minors.

Steve Tierney Jr.

She is serving 2½ to six years in state prison but has petitioned her trial judge, asking to be released on bail as she appeals her conviction. That hearing is scheduled for Nov. 21.

Her husband, Stephen D. Tierney Sr., 47, pleaded guilty on the eve of trial to furnishing alcohol to minors and corruption of minors and was sentenced to three years' probation.

His plea was for providing alcohol to teens at his home, not for providing alcohol to Stone and Nick the day of the crash.

PFI agreement: Steve Tierney Jr., now a college freshman, settled the PFI allegations with no admission of guilt before hearings in the cases, according to his York-area attorney, Taylor Bare.

The settlement is "merely a no-contact arrangement agreed upon by the parties," according to the attorney.

“Stephen does have a lot to say regarding the allegations from the PFI, however he wishes not to make any public statements at this time out of respect for the PFI order,” Bare said.

The attorney representing Tracey and her family, Lynnore Seaton, did not return a phone message seeking comment.

The allegations: The PFIs allege that on the night of May 21, Tierney Jr. saw Tracey's 17-year-old son on the porch of a home in the Starlight Drive neighborhood and started yelling in the teen's face.

"If this trial s—t doesn't stop, I am going to kill your mom," Tierney Jr. allegedly said, according to court documents.

Stone Hill, left, and Nicholas Mankin.

The teen's friends got between the two and drove the teen home, documents state, adding that he feared Tierney Jr. would "follow through on his threat" according to the PFI application.

Tracey's second application, on behalf of her 16-year-old daughter, states that on Aug. 14, Tierney was in Red Lion Area High School's training room "for no good reason" and that throughout the day he "appeared in any room or place (the girl) was," documents state.

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Football games: The girl is manager of the high school football team.

The application also states that on Sept. 1, Tierney Jr. was on the sidelines of a football game between Red Lion and Waynesboro High School.

"Defendant followed (her) wherever she moved on the field. (She) states Defendant made her feel very uncomfortable," the documents state.

And at a Sept. 8 football game, he watched the girl from the sidelines while standing on the field, the documents allege. Those documents question why a graduate no longer involved with the school's football program would still be on the field during games.

Jodie Tierney

No contact: As part of the settlement agreement, a judge on Sept. 25 ordered Tierney Jr. to stay away from the Tracey home and to not "abuse, harass, stalk or threaten" Tracey, her two high-school-aged children, her husband Brian Tracey and the couple's three other children.

Tierney Jr. is forbidden from having any contact with any of the Tracey family, including posting remarks on social media.

He also must remain in the stands or in the press box during Red Lion football games and stay at least 50 feet away from Tracey's 16-year-old daughter, documents state.

The PFI orders expire in June, after the Traceys' two youngest children graduate from high school.

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