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Summit Hill man facing charges from fatal crash

Published October 29. 2010 05:00PM

A Summit Hill man will facing numerous charges, including homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence (DUI), for a fatal crash in which a passenger in his vehicle died.

District Judge Robert Halal, of Whitehall Township, certified all charges against Wayne A. Vasiliou, 23, to Lehigh County court following a preliminary hearing on Wednesday.

Vasiliou faces charges of involuntary manslaughter, two counts each of aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI, four counts of reckless endangerment and summary charges of reckless driving, careless driving, driving at an unsafe speed and roadways laned for traffic.

The crash occurred about 2:39 a.m. on Sept. 27, 2009. Killed in the crash was front seat passenger, William C. Barron, 22, of Nesquehoning. He died at the scene.

The crash occurred along SR22 westbound at the MacArthur Road on ramp in Whitehall Township.

Vasiliou was driving westbound and entered the ramp when he lost control of his car. The vehicle left the road and crashed into the guard rail and then a ditch.

Given a blood test, the result revealed a .14BAC for Vasiliou. Also injured in the crash were three backseat passengers. All were taken to a Lehigh Valley area hospital for treatment.

State police at Bethlehem filed the charges.

At the hearing Wednesday testimony was heard from the investigating trooper, a reconstruction expert of the state police, and the three passengers, identified as Patrick McAvoy, 23, Adam Stratchko, 22, and Christopher Pelo, 23.

Testimony revealed the five were out at a casino in Bethlehem and then to several bars before heading home.

If convicted of the homicide by vehicle-DUI count Vasiliou faces a mandatory minimum of three to six years in a state prison. The other charges also carry jail terms.

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