Allentown man charged in fatal Saw Mill Run crash

An Allentown man is awaiting arraignment this afternoon on charges that he drunkenly caused a crash in Duquesne Heights that killed one man and injured four other people.

Robert Freund, 21, faces charges of homicide by vehicle, driving under the influence, involuntary manslaughter and other crimes in connection with a crash near the intersection of Saw Mill Run Boulevard and Lewis Street Sunday night.

Pittsburgh police Sgt. Daniel Connolly wrote in a criminal complaint that Mr. Freund "was not providing a correct sample" when police tried to administer a breath test after the crash so they took him for a blood sample, the results of which are not yet available.

Before police took him for the blood test, he registered a 0.28 on the breath test, more than three times the legal limit for driving in Pennsylvania, the sergeant wrote.

Sgt. Connolly wrote that police suspect Mr. Freund was speeding north on Saw Mill Run Boulevard about 9:15 p.m. when he lost control, crossed the median and collided head-on with a Toyota Highlander.

Inside the Highlander was James Posey, 60, who was trapped in the car and died at the scene of the crash. Also in the car were three others who were taken to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

After that crash, another car, a 1995 Geo Prism, rear-ended in the Highlander, police said, because the driver did not have enough time to react to the initial crash. The driver of that car was taken to UPMC Presbyterian.

Sgt. Connolly wrote that Mr. Freund declined to talk to Pittsburgh homicide detectives. He made one remark after his breath tests, the sergeant wrote: "These are not accurate."


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