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Arrest Made in Christmas Eve Accident Death

COLLEGEVILLE PA – A 32-year-old Collegeville man has been arrested and charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, as well as other counts, in the death of another person during a Christmas Eve 2016 accident in which he was involved, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s office announced Friday (Feb. 10, 2017).

A preliminary hearing for Steven E. Gismonde Jr., a South Lewis Road resident, has been scheduled for Feb. 27 (Monday) at 2 p.m. in the Limerick courtroom of Magisterial District Court Judge Walter F. Gadzicki Jr. Gismonde failed to post $100,000 bail following his arraignment and was transferred to the county Correctional Facility in Eagleville, according to a press release from First Assistant District Attorney Edward F. McCann Jr.

Investigators say Gismonde was operating a Suzuki-model all-terrain vehicle southbound on Greenwood Avenue approaching Ridge Pike in Upper Providence Township on Dec. 24 (2016) at 2:35 a.m. when they allege he “failed to stop for the posted stop sign, and entered the westbound travel lane on Ridge Pike.” Gismonde’s ATV then “hit the front passenger side” of a Honda Civic.

“The impact caused the ATV to ride up onto the hood of the Honda,” investigators said. Both Gismonde and his passenger on the ATV, Sydney Hunter Stone, 21, were ejected. Stone was transported to Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. Gismonde was transported to Paoli Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

A later toxicology report on Gismonde’s blood revealed a blood alcohol content of .135%. Gismonde is not licensed to operate a motor vehicle in the state of Pennsylvania, and has a suspended driver’s license in the state of New Jersey, the release added. The crash was jointly investigated by Upper Providence Township police, led by Chief Mark A. Toomey, and the county Detectives Bureau.

Gismonde was arrested Wednesday (Feb. 8) and charged with felony homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, homicide by vehicle, and accidents involving death or personal injury without a license, as well as other misdemeanors and related charges. During his arraignment before Magisterial District Justice Cathleen Kelly Rebar, in addition to the bail set, Gismonde also was ordered not to operate a motor vehicle.

The case will be prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Meghan Carney, the release stated.

Gismonde photo (at top) from the Montgomery County District Attorney

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