Philly man charged in Northampton head-on crash that left four teens with serious injuries

A Philadelphia man crossed into opposing traffic to pass a vehicle Saturday night in Northampton Township, leading to a head-on crash that left several people seriously injured, including four teenage girls.

Shane Brolly, 24, was arraigned at his hospital bed Sunday on five counts each of aggravated assault and aggravated assault by vehicle, all felonies, and eight misdemeanor counts of recklessly endangering another person. Magisterial District Judge Daniel Finello set his bail at $10 million, 10 percent.

Police received several calls about a crash involving three vehicles at 10:12 p.m. Saturday in the 300 block of Bridgetown Pike in Northampton Township.

The three vehicles involved were:

  • A 2013 GMC Sierra, driven by Brolly. Brolly and his passenger were both taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
  • A 2015 Nissan Murano occupied by three people. The three occupants were treated at the scene and released.
  • A 2019 Mazda CX5, occupied by four teens. All four suffered serious injuries.

Based on evidence and witness statements, police determined Brolly was driving north on the 300 block of Bridgetown Pike and attempted to pass the Nissan Murano by crossing the double yellow lines into the southbound lane. The area is a no-passing zone.

While in the southbound lane, Brolly collided with the Mazda CX5, pushing it back 50 feet. The crash sent Brolly’s truck back into the northbound lane where it was struck by the Nissan Murano.

Brolly is a non-US citizen and was positively identified by his UK driver's license. Police located opened and unopened alcoholic beverages in Brolly’s truck and detected an odor of alcohol on him.

Blood tests results are pending.

The crash was investigated by the Northampton Township Police Department and the Bucks County Crash Investigation Team. The case is assigned for prosecution by Deputy District Attorney Robert D. James.

Media Contact: Manuel Gamiz Jr., 215.348.6298,

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