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Summit Hill man receives prison term for fatal crash

Published January 10. 2012 05:01PM

A Summit Hill man was sentenced to a term in state prison for driving drunk in 2009 and casing a crash that killed a passenger in his car.

Wayne A. Vasiliou, 24, received a sentence to 16 months and two day, to 7 1/2 years, last month in Lehigh County Court.

He was found guilty in November during a jury trial of driving drunk during the accident on Sept. 27, 2009, that killed William C. Barron, 22, of Nesquehoning, and injured three other people.

Vasiliou had been found guilty of homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter, drunken driving, and reckless endangerment.

He was acquitted of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence.

Barron was a front-seat passenger in the accident, which occurred at 2:40 a.m. on Sept. 27, 2009, on Route 22 in Whitehall Township.

After a night of drinking with friends, Vasiliou was driving west on Route 22 when his car crashed through a guiderail and went into a large ditch at the MacArthur Road, northbound exit.

Two of the passengers, Christopher Pelo, 23, and Adam Stratchko, 22, sustained serious injuries. One other passenger, Patrick McAvoy, 23, was injured but reportedly not seriously.

The testimony revealed the five were at a casino in Bethlehem and then stopped at several bars before heading home.

Vasiliou's blood alcohol count was 0.14 percent.

His lawyer, attorney Paul Levy, argued that rain, road conditions, and a faulty tire were the main factors leading to the accident.

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