Prosecution says Collegeville man in fatal ATV crash was drunk

Witness confirms he was driving vehicle.

Jim Melwert
June 04, 2018 - 1:09 pm
Steven Gismonde

Montgomery County District Attorney's Office

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Prosecutors in Montgomery County have wrapped up their case against a Collegeville man who they say was drunk when he crashed his ATV and killed his passenger in the early morning hours of Christmas Eve, 2016. 

Prosecutors say Steven Gismonde’s blood alcohol level was .135, well above the legal limit of .08, when he was heading south on Greenwood Avenue near Ridge Pike in Upper Providence, just west of Trappe. They say when he ran a stop sign, he crashed into the front passenger side of a Honda Civic heading west on Ridge Pike.

Both he and his passenger, 21-year-old Sydney Stone, were thrown from the ATV. He survived his injuries. She was pronounced dead at Pottstown Hospital.

Gismonde’s lawyer argues no one saw him driving the ATV at the time of the crash.

The driver of the Honda said she saw a man driving and a woman on the back, but the defense points to inconsistencies in her statements.

But the final prosecution witness, an Upper Providence police sergeant who specializes in crash reconstruction, says injuries on both Gismonde and Stone show that he was driving and that she was his passenger. 

Gismonde is charged with homicide by vehicle DUI and accident involving death without a license, as his license had been suspended.

The defense will present its case. Closing arguments are scheduled for Tuesday morning.