Gerald A. Rodarmel III

Gerald A. Rodarmel III

ERIE —  A Cambridge Springs man will spend three years and four months to six years and eight months in state prison for killing a passenger in his vehicle in a high-speed crash in southern Erie County.

Gerald A. Rodarmel III, 25, was given the sentence Thursday by Erie County Court of Common Pleas Judge John J. Mead.

Rodarmel pleaded guilty in September to a felony count of 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 also was ordered by Mead to pay $861 in fines plus court costs.

Pennsylvania State Police charged Rodarmel with killing Anna Marie Kelsey of Erie in a May 5, 2018, car crash in southern Erie County. Kelsey, who was 25 at the time, was a front seat passenger in Rodarmel's car when it crashed.

Rodarmel’s 2015 Honda Accord was traveling 113 to 122 mph when the crash occurred along Kinter Hill Road in Washington Township, police said. The posted speed limit for that section of road is 45 mph, according to police.

Kelsey was wearing a seat belt. She 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.

Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at kgushard@meadvilletribune.com.

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