Driver in fatal crash was likely drunk, speeding, police say

Accident killed one, injured three others

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An Allentown man was likely speeding and drunk Sunday when he caused a three-car crash that killed one man and injured four others, according to court documents filed Monday.

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 in Duquesne Heights.

Pittsburgh police Sgt. Daniel Connolly wrote in a criminal complaint 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 with a Toyota Highlander, causing severe damage to its left side.

The driver of the Highlander, James Posey, 60, was trapped inside the car and died at the scene of the crash. He died from injuries to his head and chest, according to the Allegheny County medical examiner's office.

Also in the car with Mr. Posey were three others who were taken to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

After the initial impact, another car, a 1995 Geo Prism, crashed into Mr. Posey's car, police said, because the driver did not have enough time to react to the first collision. The driver of that car was taken to UPMC Presbyterian.

Sgt. Connolly wrote that Mr. Freund's eyes were glassy and bloodshot, he mumbled when he spoke and he smelled like alcohol.

Police attempted to give him a breath test, but Mr. Freund "was not providing a correct sample" and stated, "These are not accurate," according to the complaint. On one of the breath tests, Mr. Freund registered a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.28, more than three times the legal limit for driving, police wrote.

Sgt. Connolly wrote that police took Mr. Freund for a blood test, the results of which were not yet available.

Mr. Freund, who was treated for a head injury, is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing Jan. 3.


Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1438 or on Twitter @LizNavratil.

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