Driver Appears in Court on Homicide by DUI Charges

TOWANDA -- A driver accused of killing three people in a crash was in court Friday to face charges he was driving under the influence when he killed the three victims including his own son.

Philip Frisbie of Towanda walked to his truck outside the district magistrate's office in Towanda. He faces many charges, including three counts of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence.

According to state police, on the afternoon of July 19, 2016, Frisbie was driving on the Burlington Turnpike with his girlfriend and 7-year-old son. He crashed into another vehicle head on.

His son, along with the couple in the other vehicle, Clifton and Sarah Heasley, all died.

Kendra Robbins of Monroeton was driving behind Frisbie before the crash. She testified that she saw him swerving repeatedly.

"It's terrifying because I had literally just dropped off my daughter prior to that, so to think how reckless that was it definitely scared me. I don't drive the same I used to anymore," said Robbins.

Robbins said she could tell the Heasleys were not responsive, but their son Dax was in the back seat. She grabbed him, which police say may have saved the boy's life.

"Dax means a lot to me, and just seeing him when I go to see him and his smile, it makes me thank God every day that I was there," said Robbins.

Prosecutors say Frisbie was under the influence of ecstasy at the time of the crash.

"I think he should be in jail, but he's not. He's still on the streets," said Tammy Blokzyo, Sarah's mother.

Sarah Heasley's parents tell Newswatch 16 they can't describe what they're going through.

"I just want to see justice done," said Roy Blokzyo.

Frisbie's attorney believes he is being portrayed in a bad light.

"This is a tragic accident the whole way around. There's no winners in this case. My client feels horrible about this. This is not a case where my client was going out partying acting reckless," said defense attorney Brian Manchester.

All charges are being held for county court.

6 comments

  • Robert

    Well, if he has Affluenza he still has 2 bodies to go and a trip to Mexico before they can lock him up.
    I sure hope he’s just a drunk and we can lock him up.

  • Renee Stern

    How can the defense attorney say he was not going out partying acting reckless, He already had his party… taking the damn ecstasy. Does that mean if he drank a bottle of Vodka at home then got in his car that he was not going out partying and acting Reckless???? What a stupid thing to say. He got in that car “HIGH” and then Killed people. It is sad anyway you look at it. But he will have to live with the facts that he IS responsible for those deaths. And be responsible enough to PLEAD guilty. There is no Innocent about it. except the innocence of those were killed. They had child with them but were the parents of 5. Just thank god they didn’t have all of them in there vehicle.

  • innocent until proven guilty

    You people have to acknowledge the reason he is free, still has a driver’s license, etc. is due to the fact that as of right now he is still innocent. He hasn’t pled nor has he been found guilty of ANYTHING. How soon we forget the O.J. Simpson verdict huh? We all had O.J. guilty until after proper court proceedings a jury of his peers found him NOT GUILTY!

  • Alpa Chino

    Amazing that this scumbag Drove away from the magistrates office…. Just doesn’t seem possible that he would still have a license.. Disgusting, I hope the families of the innocent killed can find peace and justice. I hope he gets the same fate someday. He deserves it, or do the world a favor and eliminate his pathetic life

  • burtfan16

    I love how defense attorneys will say anything to spin the events of a criminal act. I guess when the defendant took his dose of ecstasy his intentions were not to party and be reckless, this was just a dose to keep him on the straight and narrow.

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