UPDATE (4/2 10:42 a.m.) – Athens Township Police Chief Roger Clink tells 18 News that a search warrant has been obtained for Emily Hoey’s blood to run a toxicology report.
The Athens Township Police Department released a lengthy report detailing the events leading up to the deadly accident that killed Derek and Maddox Marshall on March 22.
In addition to the detailed timeline of that evening, the report says that Derek Marshall was driving with a suspended license due to a previous DUI offense.
A toxicology report is still pending for Derek Marshall, and as of right now no charges have been filed.
Police would not comment if Marshall’s girlfriend Emily Hoey has/will be drug tested.
The report says Marshall was traveling at an “unmanageable, high rate of speed on a winding, rolling stretch of wet road,” leading up to the crash.
Police say Derek was driving with Emily Hoey in the passenger seat and their one-year-old son Maddox in the back. The car was pulled over on the side of the road in an area known locally as The Overlook or Sheshequin Narrows.
After the police passed the parked car, Marshall began to drive behind the car down Sheshequin Rd. Hoey told police that Marshall believed at one point they were being followed by police, which is why he was driving fast.
Police later observed a vehicle traveling at a high-rate of speed and followed, but were unable to catch up to the vehicle. They later responded at 9:55 p.m. to an emergency dispatch call that reported a person in the river in the area of 11124 Sheshequin Rd.
When police arrived they discovered Hoey on the bank and attempted to free Derek and Maddox from the car, but were unsuccessful in locating the vehicle.
The vehicle with Derek and Maddox’s bodies was recovered at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, and an autopsy confirmed both died due to drowning.
Hoey later told police that riding in the car felt like a “rollercoaster”, and a witness said she could hear how fast the car was traveling