A DUI suspect who killed three of his passengers in a fiery crash has turned himself in.
The incident occurred during the early hours of May 6 in LeHigh Valley, New York. Terrell “Russ” Barclay lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a row of parked cars, the Daily Mail reported. The vehicle then went up in flames.
His passengers, Ashlee Mosher, 29, Joshua Edwards, 28, and Amanda Martin, 26, were all killed in the crash, The Morning Call reported. Barclay, who police estimated was driving at 100 mph at the time, was severely burned.
Barclay was able to run away from the vehicle before collapsing in a yard. He spent the following two months in a medically induced coma at LeHigh Valley Hospital before being transferred to Easton rehabilitation center.
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Police determined that Barclay had THC in his blood and a blood-alcohol level of 0.19, more than double the legal limit. Police also found a bag of marijuana on Barclay and a stolen gun near the vehicle, according to reports.
Freemansburg police officer Jeff Farneski said he saw Barclay traveling “at a significant high rate of speed and driving erratic.” When he reached the scene of the crash, Barclay’s 2015 Chrysler 200 Sedan was on fire, and the suspect was screaming in pain trying to roll on the floor.
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Barclay left the rehabilitation center before police filed charges. He turned himself in and was charged with homicide by vehicle while under the influence, accidents involving death with a suspended license, drunken driving, and illegal possession of a firearm by a felon. His license had been previously suspended following a separate DUI.
Barclay appeared in court with severe burns and scars all over his face. He was covered in bandages, had a neck and arm brace, and used a walker for support. He is being held on $250,000 bail.
All passengers in the vehicle knew each other. Mosher was a mother-of-four who worked at a Dunkin’ Donuts. Friends described her as an excellent mother who would do anything for her children.