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Colliers man pleads to negligent homicide

WELLSBURG — A Colliers man pleaded guilty to negligent homicide and driving under the influence in connection with the death of a man whose tractor he was towing on May 16, 2018.

Elmer Mollohan Jr., 35, of Colliers was sentenced to a year in jail for the first charge and 6 months in jail for the second, the maximum he might face for either charge, said Brooke County Assistant Prosecutor David F. Cross.

The prosecutor’s office has supported Mollohan receiving credit for about 5 months he was incarcerated following his arrest.

But it has opposed a request from Mark Panepinto, Mollohan’s attorney, that his client also receive credit for several months of house arrest served by Mollohan while his case was pending.

A hearing will be held on the matter at 1 p.m. Feb. 20.

According to police reports, Mollohan used his truck to pull a tractor carrying 34-year-old Zachary Tost of Follansbee on Eldersville Road.

Witnesses said the two entered Kaul’s Bend at a high speed, causing Tost to fall from the tractor.

Tost, who sustained head injuries, was transported by medical helicopter to University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian Hospital, where he died on May 22.

The Brooke County Sheriff’s Department reported Mollohan had been using cocaine near the time of the accident.

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