Kane Woman Charged for Crash
That Killed Her Daughter, Nephew

The Kane woman involved in the Labor Day weekend crash that killed six people – including her daughter and nephew – is now charged with six counts of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence.

37-year-old Kathleen Douglas is also charged with six counts of homicide by vehicle, as well as multiple counts of aggravated assault by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter and a number of other offenses.

Police say Douglas was driving her SUV on Route 219 at the Meade Run Road intersection on the afternoon of August 31 when it crossed the center line and hit a car head-on. Her 12-year-old daughter Olivia Douglas and 6-year-old nephew Jarrett Costanzo were pronounced dead at the scene. Douglas and her 10-year-old son were flown to trauma centers for treatment of serious injuries.

62-year-old Gary Beimel, 55-year-old Elaine Beimel, 54-year-old David Cuneo and 81-year-old Florence Donachy, all of St. Marys, were also pronounced dead at the scene.

Douglas is also charged with endangering the welfare of children, recklessly endangering another person and DUI. She is also charged with a couple of traffic violations and for not using restraint systems.

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