Montco man charged in vehicle death

Posted: May 26, 2012

A 22-year-old E. Greenville, Montgomery County, man who was at the wheel of a Pontiac Sunbird early April 29 when it became airborne and landed upside-down in the Perkiomen Creek in Douglass Township, killing the passenger, was arrested Friday on charges of homicide by vehicle while under the influence.

Howard Arthur Christy, II, of the 500 block of Blaker Drive, was driving without an operator’s license at the time of the accident on Paper Mill Road in Barto, said District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and Douglass Township Police Chief Barry L. Templin.

Etinye Usoro, 21, also of East Greenville, was still wearing his seat belt when pulled from the vehicle at 10:45 a.m. after being discovered by hikers. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of death was drowning, the Montgomery County Coroner’s office ruled.

Christy was transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital, where he was treated for hypothermia and other injuries. While there, technicians drew blood for forensic study.

Tests showed Christy’s blood had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.12 percent nearly 12 hours after the crash, Ferman said. Christy was arraigned by a district judge Friday and ordered held at the Montgomery County prison when he could not post $85,000 cash bail.

— Bonnie L. Cook

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