Driver in fatal crash had history of DUIs
Alcohol is thought to have played a role in Saturday’s crash in Newberry Township that left two dead and four in the hospital, according to police.
Newberry Township Police Chief John Snyder said investigators found bottles and cans of alcohol, some open, both inside and outside the vehicle of Anthony Fickes.
“We believe alcoholic beverages were a factor in the crash,” Snyder said.
Fickes, 46, of Goldsboro, was thrown from his vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene of the two-vehicle crash on Old Trail Road, according to the York County Coroner’s Office.
Edna Mikos, 66, of York Haven, was a passenger in the second vehicle and also died at the scene, according to York County Coroner Pam Gay.
Neither were wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, Gay said.
History of DUI: Whether Fickes was driving under the influence Saturday won’t be known until investigators receive the results of toxicology tests, Snyder said, though he confirmed police are aware Fickes had been charged with DUI.
“We know his history,” Snyder said.
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.
The crash: Snyder said the Mikos family was northbound on Old Trail Road while Fickes was southbound.
Fickes’ vehicle crossed into the northbound lane, causing a head-on crash, according to the chief.
“It looks as if his vehicle went off the road … then overcorrected and slid into the northbound lane,” Snyder said.
There were skid marks, or perhaps yaw marks, which are left when tires are turned suddenly, on the road from where Fickes apparently lost control, Snyder said.
Passengers in the Mikos vehicle saw the oncoming car swerve and then cross into their lane, Snyder said.
Snyder said Mikos’ husband, 69-year-old Wayne Mikos, was seriously hurt in the crash, as were two teens, ages 13 and 14. All three were taken to York Hospital and remain in serious condition, he said.
A 5-year-old in the Mikos vehicle was also severely injured and was flown to Hershey Medical Center by medical helicopter.