Charges filed in fatal Wayne County UTV crash

DAMASCUS TOWNSHIP, WAYNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) announced Friday, that the driver in a fatal Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV) crash is facing several charges.

According to PSP on Saturday, November 4, 2023, around 11:30 p.m. troopers responded to the scene of a one-vehicle crash on Callicoon Road in Damascus Township, Wayne County.

According to a criminal affidavit, the crash occurred as a 2019 Polaris Razr UTV was traveling east on Callicoon Road when it left the roadway, struck a guard rail, and began to roll across both lanes of traffic.

Police say while the UTV was rolling, the passenger, Travis Canfield, was ejected and later pronounced dead on the scene by Wayne County Coroner, Edward Howell.

As the affidavit reads, the driver of the UTV, Karson Mashatt-Canfield was found by first responders in the roadway, next to the UTV, suffering serious injuries. Mashatt-Canfield was transported to Geisinger CMC-Scranton to treat her injuries, police say.

According to law enforcement, officers observed an open cooler and several beer cans in the roadway that were thrown from the UTV during the crash.

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Troopers say they saw video surveillance from the Eagle View Saloon, which was the last known location of Travis Canfield and Karson Mashatt-Canfield before the crash. The video shows both people leaving the saloon in the Polaris UTV around 10:40, driving toward the crash site, troopers say.

PSP says on November 28, a search warrant was executed for Mashatt-Canfield’s medical records, the night she was treated at Geisinger CMC for injuries sustained in the crash.

The following day, troopers say they received Mashatt-Canfield’s medical records, which showed her Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) to be .227 percent. Troopers say that is over three times the legal limit (.08) to operate a motor vehicle on the roadway.

Karson Mashatt-Canfield was arraigned on Friday, February 9, and released on $25,000 unsecured bail as she faces charges of homicide by vehicle while DUI, aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI, involuntary manslaughter, recklessly endangering another person, DUI, and related summary offenses.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, February 14 at 9:00 a.m.

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