Jury says Collegeville man in fatal ATV crash not guilty

Jim Melwert
June 05, 2018 - 7:18 pm
Steven Gismonde

Montgomery County District Attorney's Office

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A Montgomery County jury found Steven Gismonde not guilty for a fatal ATV crash in the early morning hours of Christmas Eve 2016.

Gismonde, 33, of Collegeville was accused of driving his ATV while drunk and killing his passenger, 21-year-old Sydney Stone.

Both Gismonde and Stone were thrown from the vehicle. He survived his injuries. She was pronounced dead at Pottstown Hospital.

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Prosecutors argued evidence from the crash scene, the injuries suffered by both Stone and Gismonde, and the statement from the other driver all show Gismonde was driving the ATV and Stone was the passenger.

During the trial, defense attorney Carrie Allman argued it wasn't Gismonde driving the ATV. Instead, she said, it was Stone.

Allman said while her client is relieved the jury decided on a not guilty verdict, "I don't think that anybody wins today."

"This is an incredibly tragic case," she said. "There is a young woman who died, my client suffered serious injuries and continues to do so — it’s just a terrible tragedy for everyone involved."

About two hours before they came back with a verdict, the jury told the judge they were deadlocked, but he sent them back urging them to try to reach a verdict.