Kathleen Douglas Pleads Not Guilty

The Kane woman accused of driving under the influence of prescription medication in a crash that killed six people – including her daughter and nephew – has pleaded not guilty in McKean County Court.

37-year-old Kathleen Douglas is charged with six counts of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence of a controlled substance, as well as dozens of related offenses.

Police say on August 31 her vehicle crashed into another vehicle at the intersection of Route 219 and Meade Run Road. Her 12-year-old daughter, Olivia Douglas and 6-year-old nephew Jarrett Costanzo were killed. Four St. Marys residents in the other car, Gary Beimel, Elaine Beimel, David Cuneo and Florence Donachy, were also killed.

Douglas and her 10-year-old son were seriously injured and she spent several months in a hospital and nursing home. She is now in prison in Cambridge Springs on $750,000 bail.

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