Troopers: Drunken man causes wreck in Hazle Township near prom venue


HAZLE TWP. — A Beaver Meadows man is facing DUI charges after police say he crashed into three vehicles Friday on Route 309 near the venue for the Hazleton Area High School prom.

Troopers were controlling traffic in the area of the entrance to Genetti’s Ballroom about 5 p.m. when they say Kevin Maguschak, 38, driving a Dodge Ram 1500 pickup, rear-ended a vehicle driven by Shayna Marie Lamoreux, 21, of Drums.

Following the impact, the Ram continued to travel north in the center lane before rear-ending another vehicle operated by Joan Paulshock, 77, of Weatherly, a report states.

The suspect’s truck also hit the driver’s side of a third vehicle driven by a 16-year-old from Drums, according to authorities.

Police said there were only minor injuries, and they were assisted at the scene by Hazle Township firefighters, APTS medics and Hazleton Area school resource officers.

The part of Route 309 where the accident occurred is also known as North Church Street.