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Bensalem Woman Charged with Homicide in Bristol Motorcycle Crash

A Bensalem woman was charged Wednesday with numerous offenses in connection with a deadly motorcycle crash that happened along Newportville Road.

More than three months after the Newportville Road motorcycle crash that claimed the life of Bristol Township resident John Chester and forever altered the life of his girlfriend, Brianna O’Driscoll, the woman accused of causing the wreck was arrested.

Devon Crispo, 26, of Bensalem, turned herself in at the Bristol Township Police Department  Wednesday morning on several serious charges, including homicide by vehicle while under the influence.

The fatal accident happened at 7:35 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 as Chester rode his red 1993 Harley Davidson motorcycle on Newportville Road, toward Route 13, with O’Driscoll on the back. A 2010 black Acura TSX driven by Crispo stopped at the stop sign and then turned out onto Newportville Road and stuck the couple, an affidavit of probable cause states. Chester has the right of way, traffic investigator Sgt. Chuck Burns said in a release.

The crash caused Chester and O’Driscoll to be ejected off the bike, court records show. The documents also state the couple were then pinned under the Acura and had to be removed by emergency workers using specialized rescue equipment.

According to the affidavit, as a conscious O’Driscoll and the body of the her boyfriend sat trapped under the black Acura, she could hear Crispo state and repeat, “ Oh my God, I’m going to get another DUI!”

Responding Bristol Township officers reported the odor of alcohol on Crispo’s breath.

The 26-year-old told police in an interview that she had consumed 3 glasses of wine before the crash. She also admitted to smoking marijuana and being prescribed pain medication.

Records show that a blood test showed Crispo’s blood alcohol content was .11. The maximum legal level  is .08. Toxicology results also tested positive for marijuana and sedatives clonazepam and aminoclonazepam.

A search of the Acura uncovered burnt marijuana cigar, a half empty bottle of wine, an unopened bottle of wine and numerous prescription pills that were no prescribed to Crispo.

The family of the victim and O’Driscoll sat in court as the defendant was arraigned in front on District Justice Frank Peranteau.

James Chester, the father of the deceased, said Crispo’s arrest has been a relief for the family. Sandi Chester said the death of her son has “ripped us all wide open.”

John Chester served around the world during his 11 years of service with the Army. He also spent time with the National Guard, his family said. He had no children and had recently began working as a field maintenance man for a local company with multiple facilities.  

"The careless actions of another has created a very large hole in our family and all of our lives," said John Chester's brother-in-law, Allen Hibbert. "That hole is a permanent part of our lives now."

On the night of the crash, John Chester and O’Driscoll were heading to meet his father and friends for a fun evening.

“We couldn’t figure out what happened,” the elder Chester said as he recalled waiting for two hours before hearing from a friend about the accident.

The caring father said he waited at the crash site until after midnight as the coroner removed his son’s body.

The family of the victim and O’Driscoll sat in court as the defendant was arraigned on charges of homicide by vehicle while under the influence, homicide by vehicle, aggravated assault by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter, driving under the influence, possession of a controlled substance and numerous other offenses.

Crispo was released on $1 million unsecured bail and will next face a preliminary hearing.

Arkansas Dave March 17, 2013 at 07:51 AM
Oh so he had run ins with the law so its ok hes dead and shes better than he was? Were you there? Do you know what happened? Are you a friend of hers? What the hell do you know about any of this? All your doing is making excuses for this evil MURDERER!!!! She can care less about it im sure. Pills that were NOT hers all over the car along with a half empty bottle of wine and an open bottle of wine, half of a pot blunt. Being drunk, high from weed and Kolonopin. Yeah shes such a good person isnt she??? Your a joke like she is. There is no excuse for this what-so-ever!! And did she really put others before her when she got drunk. high and pilled out wasted before she got in the car? NO SHE DIDNT!!!
F150Girl March 17, 2013 at 12:22 PM
There are things that are illegal for a reason. If you are not supposed to drink and drive, smoke marijuana, or take pills that are not perscribed to you... Why do you do it? Because you are ignorant, selfish, and do not give a damn for anyone but yourself. These are not charactaristics of an individual who "puts others before herself". Do not defend someone who broke the law, then broke traffic laws, and took someone else's life... Your comment proves exactly what the hell is wrong with this country. We are all grown-ups, BE ACCOUNTABLE.
Brianna Odriscoll September 13, 2013 at 08:35 AM
hello my name is brianna i am johnnys girlfiend. yes we had a big age gap between us but we loved each other. and for you all to concentrate on the age is horrific this man is dead she took him from his family and me.yes we did not wear helmets but we suffered no fetal head injuries. yes johnny had a past but that was PAST. he was an amazing man.and helped everyone he could you all need to get a life and stop stickingup for the scumbag that took him from all of us. because now i will never be able to walk up the isle to him like we wanted or have family like we wanted. we will never have anymore memories together so all of you that sticks up for the scumbags that did this be happy you still have your loved ones and stop sticking up for a scumbag cause she is in jail were she belongs
Nicole Halstead October 01, 2013 at 11:58 PM
I am a very close friend to johnnys dad jim chester and also friends with brianna,unfortunately i only met john a few times and i have to say he was a great guy. Now to the people who are sticking up for devon crispo,yas must have something severely wrong with yourselves. Neither john or Brianna didnt deserve what they went through. Some of u idiots slam on them about their age difference. Well guess what,get over it. They loved each other very much and now because of devon crispos irresponsibly brianna and john will never have a future,a wonderful family has lost their son. And brother forever and also all of us that were friends and loved jobn very much will never see him again and poor brianna has to live with the horrible flashbacks from this accident! I hope this haunts devon crispo for the rest of her damn life! My boyfriend ruthless and i were turning onto our street that night n down the road we saw police,ambulances surrounding the accident so we couldnt see what exactly happened intil i started getting phone calls from my oldest kids n friends checking on. Ruthless and i to make sure it wasnt us because we also rode a motercycle n then my boyfriend got a phone call saying it was johnny. Just seeing the heartbreak in his eyes made me start crying. And then the night after johnnys funeral my boyfriend was in a fatal motercycle accident n he just got out of the nursing home a couple months ago. Our families have been through enough heartbreak in the past year so please watch out for motercyles. We dont want to lose anyone else we love n care about and to brianna,i love ya,keep your head up n just know that im here for u whenever u need me. RIP Johnny Chester
Arkansas Dave October 02, 2013 at 12:38 AM
Nicole, I'm very sorry to hear about Ruthless. I knew who he was mostly because I'm from Nottingham (CRUNCH) May he rest in peace and may you find peace within.

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