- Associated Press - Friday, January 30, 2015

JOHNSONBURG, Pa. (AP) - Two brothers have waived a preliminary hearing on charges they were drunk when their canoe capsized in Pennsylvania, killing the fiancée of one of the men.

Twenty-two-year-old Angelo Varischetti and 26-year-old Anthony Varischetti are each charged with operating a watercraft under the influence and reckless operation of a watercraft.

Investigators say both were drunk when their canoe hit a railroad trestle on the Clarion River near Ridgway on May 24 and capsized.

Angelo Varischetti and Brittany Ann Baird, of DuBois - who was Anthony’s fiancée - were trapped in currents caused by recent heavy rains. Angelo Varischetti was rescued, but Baird drowned.

The men waived the hearing Wednesday.

Elk County District Attorney Shawn McMahon says manslaughter charges weren’t filed because the incident amounted to a “tragic set of circumstances.”


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