CLEARFIELD – An Ashville man accused of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Wednesday.
Ronald Arthur Mack, 57, is charged with homicide by vehicle while DUI, aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI, homicide by vehicle, DUI, two counts of recklessly endangering another person and related charges.
According to court records, on June 14, 2007 Tpr. Murray Grattan was called informed of a two-vehicle accident on state Route 53 that occurred just outside of Coalport.
Grattan noted that both vehicles were located in the northbound lane. Mack’s truck was on its roof. Mack was inside the vehicle and emergency personnel were preparing to extricate him.
Heather M. Bouch, the operator of the other vehicle and died as a result of the accident, was found inside her vehicle. Two juveniles that were in her vehicle at the time of the accident had already been removed from the vehicle.
Grattan spoke to Mack while he was being treated for his injuries. Grattan reported that Mack was unresponsive and had a moderate odor of alcohol about him.
An Irvona man related to police that he was traveling north on SR 53, in front of Bouch when he observed Mack, who was traveling south, go over the berm, strike the guide rails, return to the roadway and strike Bouch’s vehicle head-on in the northbound lane.
Another Irvona resident stated that he was also traveling north behind Bouch and that Mack’s truck was rolling end-over-end before it came to rest. He stated that he did not actually witness the impact of the two vehicles, and that he did not realize that another vehicle had been involved until he left his vehicle to offer assistance.
Grattan reported that an investigation into the scene revealed that Mack was traveling south on SR 53, traveled onto the west berm and struck the guide rails. He then reentered the roadway, traveling in the northbound lane and struck Bouch’s vehicle. Upon impact Mack’s vehicle overturned onto its roof.
An accident reconstructionist came to a conclusion that was consistent with Grattan’s analysis.
Clearfield County Deputy Coroner Michael Polochek pronounced Bouch deceased. Her body was transported to J.C. Blair Hospital in Huntingdon where Dr. Harry Kamerow diagnosed that Bouch’s cause of death was due to a base skull fracture due to a motor vehicle accident.
Kamerow was also able to determine that Mack’s blood alcohol level serum to whole blood level was in the range of .174 percent to .217 percent.
Both passengers in Bouch’s vehicle suffered injuries. A 10-year-old boy suffered a badly bruised collarbone. A 13-year-old boy in her vehicle suffered a laceration to his right leg and a bruised chest.
Mack remains in Clearfield County Jail in lieu of $50,000 straight bail.