MILFORD, Beaver County — A man was arrested Friday and accused of causing a crash that killed his passenger while driving impaired.
Anthony Mickelson, 59, of Minersville, was booked into the Beaver County Jail and charged Monday in 5th District Court with automobile homicide and DUI, both third-degree felonies.
Beaver County sheriff's deputies responded on Friday to a rollover crash east of Milford. They found Ann Slabbert trapped inside a car that was on its side and the roof crushed, according to a police booking affidavit. The woman was conscious and seemed to initially be communicating with deputies who told her to "try and hold her head still," but they said her "breathing was labored."
Slabbert was extricated by volunteer firefighters and CPR was administered. An ambulance drove her to a landing area where a medical helicopter was waiting, but Slabbert passed away before getting to the Life Flight chopper, the affidavit says.
Investigators questioned Mickelson, who had minor injuries, glassy eyes, slurred speech and alcohol on his breath, deputies wrote in the report.
"I asked him what happened. He stated he's not going to lie, he said he consumed six, eight, or 10 beers. He stated they were going for a ride. He stated the female subject was driving at first then he switched her at the top of the pass. He stated he was driving down the road and came to this turn and did not make the turn," the affidavit states.