Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Man Charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia After Fatal Crash that Killed Schuylkill County Men

A man involved in a fatal Berks County crash that killed two men from Schuylkill County has been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police at Hamburg, around 3:30am Saturday, a two-vehicle crash occurred on Interstate 78 eastbound near mile marker 43 in Greenwich Township, Berks County.

Police say Christopher Cornelius, 41, of Kentucky was operating a Chevrolet Captiva when he ran into the rear of a Jeep Wrangler driven by Nicholas Winter, 56, of Auburn.

After the collision, the Jeep left the roadway and traveled down an embankment.

Nicholas Winter, 56, and Nicholas Winter, 26, of Auburn, died from the injuries in the crash.  Also in the Jeep, Lisa Winter, 55, suffered serious injuries.

The driver of the other vehicle, Cornelius, suffered minor injuries.

After the crash, State Police obtained a search warrant that was executed on Cornelius's vehicle that was being held in the impound lot.  During the search, police found various drug paraphernalia.  Cornelius was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and locked up in Berks County Prsion on $100,000 straight cash bail.

State Police are asking anyone with information who may have witnessed the crash to contact the Hamburg Station at (610) 562-6885.


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