Victims From Interstate 81 Crash Include Daughter Of Hugo Selenski
PLAINS TWP. — Two people died following an early morning rollover crash along Interstate 81 on Tuesday, according to the Luzerne County Coroner’s Office.
Pennsylvania State Police identified the victims as driver Ryan Bieble, 40, of Hanover Twp., and Rachael McCuen, 29, of Kingston. McCuen was the daughter of notorious Luzerne County murderer Hugo Selenski.
According to police, the pair had been heading southbound on I-81 around 5:45 a.m. Tuesday when Bieble lost control of the vehicle while negotiating a left curve in the highway at mile marker 170.6.
The vehicle left the road, hit the end of a guardrail and then rolled multiple times, troopers said. The vehicle came to rest upside down in the area of the state Route 309 interchange.
Bieble and McCuen were ejected from the vehicle during the crash and were pronounced dead at the scene at 6:50 a.m., authorities said.
The crash prompted authorities to reduce traffic to one lane going southbound, leading to a major backup for morning commuters. Troopers are investigating the cause of the crash.
Selenski, 45, was caught with the remains of five people in the backyard of his Kingston Twp. home during an extensive search in 2003. One set of bones was never identified, but Selenski faced murder trials over the other four.
In 2006, Selenski went to trial on charges alleging he murdered drug dealers Frank James, 29, and Adeiye Keiler, 22, who were killed with a shotgun and burned in a pit at the property. A jury convicted Selenski of abusing corpses, but acquitted him of murder, saying they thought he was involved but they couldn’t put his finger on the trigger.
Then in 2015, Selenski was convicted at trial of murdering Michael Kerkowski and his girlfriend Tammy Fassett. The couple was strangled with flex ties in a robbery over drug money on May 3, 2002, and buried in Selenski’s backyard.
McCuen told The Citizens’ Voice after the verdict she still believed her father was innocent.
“It’s a lose-lose situation no matter what,” she said before the jury decided whether Selenski would get life in prison or the death penalty. “No matter what happens it’s already a losing situation. My heart goes out to the families of the victims, but we’re victims too, and that’s what people need to realize.”
The jury ultimately opted against imposing the death penalty on Selenski and voted to have him serve life in prison.
Selenski is currently serving his term at State Correctional Institution Pine Grove.
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