Man faces DUI charges in fa­tal crash in Ed­dy­s­tone

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Rose Quinn [email protected]­tu­ry­media.com

ED­DY­S­TONE >> A 38-year-old Ch­ester man was pre­lim­i­nar­ily ar­raigned Thurs­day on felony charges of ve­hi­cle homi­cide while un­der the in­flu­ence and mul­ti­ple re­lated of­fenses in­volv­ing the death of a 46-year-old Philadel­phia man in Oc­to­ber.

Ronald Wil­liams Lundy’s blood-al­co­hol con­tent was 0.177, more than twice the le­gal 0.08 le­gal driv­ing limit, and his blood also con­tained mar­i­juana, shortly af­ter the crash that claimed the life of Ruet Pen, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit of prob­a­ble cause for Lundy’s ar­rest.

Lundy, who suf­fered a bro­ken hip and pelvis in the Oct. 26 crash on the In­dus­trial High­way, was in a wheel­chair when he ar­rived at po­lice head­quar­ters to sur­ren­der on the crim­i­nal com­plaint. He was later joined by his de­fense at­tor­ney, Michael Kotik, at dis­trict court.

In ad­di­tion to homi­cide by ve­hi­cle while DUI, Lundy, of Ch­ester but who was re­sid­ing in Fol­croft at the time of the crash, is charged with homi­cide by ve­hi­cle, DUI, reck­less en­dan­ger­ment, speed­ing, driv­ing with­out a li­cense and reg­is­tra­tion, reck­less driv­ing, care­less driv­ing, driv­ing over a di­vider and fail­ing to keep to the right lane.

Mag­is­te­rial Dis­trict Judge Philip S. Turner set Lundy’s bail at 10 per­cent of $250,000 bail, which the de­fen­dant failed to post. Lundy was re­manded to the county prison. A pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing is listed for Dec. 17, ac­cord­ing to on­line court records.

Ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit, authored by Lt. Joseph Pretti, po­lice were dis­patched to the two-ve­hi­cle, head-on crash in the area of

1000 In­dus­trial High­way in Ed­dy­s­tone on Oct. 25, shortly be­fore

1 a.m. Both ve­hi­cles, a GMC En­voy oper­ated by Lundy and a Toy­ota Si­enna oper­ated by Pen, were in the west­bound lanes of the road­way, a four-lane di­vided high­way – where there is a raised me­dian, a few inches in height.

Pen, who was slumped over the steer­ing wheel, was breath­ing but un­re­spon­sive. He was ex­tri­cated from the ve­hi­cle and trans­ported by am­bu­lance to Crozer-Ch­ester Med­i­cal Cen­ter, where he died at

2:10 a.m. His death was the re­sult of mul­ti­ple blunt force in­juries, ac­cord­ing to the Delaware County Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner’s Of­fice.

At the scene, Lundy was on the ground about 3 feet from the driver’s side of the En­voy, com­plain­ing of se­vere pain on the right side of his body. He told po­lice at the scene that he had just left Har­rah’s casino - but later said he was on his way to work in New Jer­sey at the time of the ac­ci­dent. Not only did po­lice no­tice he was slur­ring his words, but they also de­tected a strong odor of al­co­hol com­ing from his body, the af­fi­davit states. Lundy, too, was taken to Crozer.

Po­lice ob­tained video as well as wit­ness state­ments that the GMC was trav­el­ing east­bound in the west­bound lanes prior to the crash. Ad­di­tion­ally, based on crash data and post-crash me­chan­i­cal in­spec­tions, one sec­ond prior to im­pact the En­voy was trav­el­ing at 57 mph and the Si­enna was trav­el­ing at 31 mph, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit. The In­dus­trial High­way has a 35 mph speed limit in the area of the crash. Nei­ther driver was wear­ing a seat­belt.

At the time of the crash, Lundy’s driver’s li­cense was sus­pended due to a DUI-re­lated in­ci­dent, and he had no valid in­sur­ance, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit. The ve­hi­cle he was driv­ing, which was reg­is­tered to an­other in­di­vid­ual, had the wrong li­cense plate on it.

As part of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, a war­rant was sought for Lundy’s med­i­cal records, as well as for the blood that was drawn when he first ar­rived in the emer­gency room. Po­lice on Nov. 20 re­ceived the re­sults of the blood sent to Drug Scan for anal­y­sis blood.

In ad­di­tion to his 0.177 blood al­co­hol con­tent, 6 nanograms of

Delta-9-tetrahy­dro­can­nib­i­nol or THC, a mar­i­juana com­po­nent, and 62 nanograms of 9-Car­boxyTHC, a mar­i­juana me­tab­o­lite, were de­tected in Lundy’s blood, the af­fi­davit states.

An at­tempt to reach Kotik for com­ment af­ter busi­ness hours Thurs­day was un­suc­cess­ful.

RONALD LUNDY

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