ERIE — A Cambridge Springs man faces a minimum of three years in jail after pleading guilty on Friday to homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence for killing a passenger in his vehicle in a high-speed crash in southern Erie County.
Gerald Allen Rodarmel III, 25, was set to go on trial Monday in Erie County Court of Common Pleas on multiple charges including felony counts of homicide by vehicle while DUI, aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI, aggravated assault by vehicle and homicide by vehicle.
Rodarmel avoided a trial by pleading guilty to homicide by vehicle while DUI, a misdemeanor count of DUI plus summary counts of exceeding the speed limit by an estimated 77 miles per hour and reckless driving. Rodarmel entered the guilty pleas Friday morning before Erie County Judge Daniel Brabender Jr. He now faces a mandatory three years minimum and up to 10 years in state prison when sentenced later this fall.
Rodarmel was charged in March by Pennsylvania State Police for the May 5, 2018, death of Anna Marie Kelsey of Erie, who was 25 at the time.
Rodarmel was traveling west on Kinter Hill Road in Washington Township near Edinboro Plank Road when the crash occurred, according to the criminal complaint. Rodarmel’s 2015 Honda Accord was traveling 113 to 122 mph when the crash occurred. The posted speed limit for that section of road is 45 mph, according to police.
Kelsey, wearing a seat belt in the front passenger seat, was found dead at the scene. Her death was ruled the result of blunt force trauma to the head and torso due to a motor vehicle accident by the Erie County Coroner’s Office.
Rodarmel had a blood alcohol content of 0.132 percent when his blood was drawn following the crash. A blood alcohol content of 0.08 is considered under the influence of alcohol, under Pennsylvania law.
Rodarmel remains lodged in the Erie County Prison in lieu of $75,000 as he awaits sentencing.
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