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Zieglerville Man Faces New Charges After Arrest by Upper Perk Police
Written by Kelly Chandler, Staff Writer
2011-10-26

Convicted in 2006 for killing East Greenville man

        A Zieglerville man, who was the driver of a vehicle which crashed in Upper Hanover killing an East Greenville man back in 2004, is in trouble with the law again.
        According to court documents, Kyle Rudderow, 29, of the 100 block of Big Road, Zieglerville, was arrested by Upper Perk police on June 7, 2011 for driving under the influence. 
        Arresting Ofc. James Sands testified in the affidavit of probable cause that police were alerted there was a suspicious vehicle parked facing north in the southbound lane of travel at the intersection of Main Street and W. 5th Street in Pennsburg at 11:53 that night.
        Sands reportedly responded to the scene and found Rudderow in the vehicle with the engine running and the headlights on. After several minutes of banging on the window trying to contact him, Sands said Rudderow appeared to wake up and opened the door looking very confused.
        Police said Rudderow, who couldn’t explain how he got to the location, appeared to be intoxicated. After failing field sobriety tests, he was transported to Grand View Hospital for blood withdrawal.
        Blood evidence collected at the hospital revealed Rudderow had a blood alcohol concentration of .203 at the time of the incident, authorities testified. It also reportedly indicated the presence of metabolized marijuana.
        The arrest was the second for Rudderow, who was convicted of homicide by vehicle and related offenses after he lost control of a 1994 Jeep Cherokee on March 27, 2004 and crashed at 3731 Layfield Road in Upper Hanover.
        According to the criminal complaint in that case, Rudderow, then 21, and two acquaintances, David Wasmanski, 21, of Perkiomenville, and Keith LaCava, 23, of Colonial Drive, East Greenville, were on their way home from Ryan’s Grill and Tavern in Gilbertsville at 12:10 a.m. when Rudderow lost control of the vehicle around a curve and crashed.
        Police said the vehicle was going approximately 74 mph when it went off the roadway and then crashed into a utility pole. According to court documents, the Jeep traveled through the utility pole, severing it in half, before rolling several times.
        The crash ejected Rudderow and killed LaCava, a front seat passenger. Wasmanski, who was in the back seat, was able to crawl out a rear window, police said.
        Rudderow and Wasmanski, who were flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital, later recovered from their injuries.
        Rudderow’s blood alcohol concentration was .10 at the time of the crash, police said. Blood evidence also proved he had marijuana in his system. 
        He was sentenced to 191/2 to 52 months by District Judge Paul W. Tressler on Sept. 5, 2005 after pleading guilty to homicide by vehicle, recklessly endangering another person and driving under the influence with a blood alcohol concentration of .10-.16.
        He was paroled in Jan. 2007 and was released from probation in 2010, according to court documents.
        He pleaded not guilty a charge of driving under the influence with the highest rate of blood alcohol concentration (.16 or above) and driving under the influence, general impairment, incapable of driving safely for the Pennsburg incident. He was arraigned by video last Wednesday by District Judge S. Gerald Corso. A pretrial conference is scheduled for Dec. 5 in front of Judge William J. Furber Jr. in Montgomery County Court.
        Rudderow is free on $2,500 unsecured bail.

 

 

 

 

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