Pennsylvania: Ronald Hall Jr. left crashed Jeep and told cops Aaron Schaefer fled after they wrecked; cops found him dead on the ground
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2013-12-20 —Two Pennsylvania State Police investigators said Ronald D. Hall Jr. told them he thought the passenger in his Jeep had fled after Hall crashed the Jeep into a tree early on the morning of Oct. 17.
The passenger, Aaron P. Schaefer, 42, was actually lying outside of the vehicle, dead.
Hall, 43, would later state that he thought he had too much to drink and was “buzzed” at the time of the crash. Asked what he thought his blood-alcohol content might have been, Hall said about 0.15 percent, Trooper Samuel Laureto testified during Hall’s preliminary hearing on Wednesday afternoon.
McKean District Judge Denise Stuck-Lewis held Hall, of Millcreek Township, for trial on all charges that state police filed against him in the fatal accident. The charges include homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, homicide by vehicle, aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI and one count of aggravated assault by vehicle that prosecutors added at the start of Wednesday’s hearing.
Hall remains free on $75,000 bail.
Hall is accused of driving drunk when his Jeep went out of control and crashed at Tow and Eaton Roads in Fairview Township on Oct. 17 at about 12:20 a.m. Blood-alcohol testing on Hall several hours after the accident showed he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.074 percent, below the 0.08 percent threshold for driving drunk under the law, according to case documents.
But Erie County Assistant District Attorney Mark Richmond said in presenting a report by Erie County Forensic Pathologist Eric Vey, M.D., into evidence that Vey was able to calculate through “reverse extrapolation” that Hall’s blood-alcohol content at the time of the crash was 0.154 to 0.18 percent.
Richmond opened Wednesday’s hearing with testimony from a man who came upon the accident scene and found Schaefer dead. State police Trooper Jeffrey Vincent then testified that after responding to the accident call, he ran the Jeep’s plate and learned it was owned by Hall, then found an address for Hall in paperwork inside the Jeep.
Vincent said he and another trooper went to the address and spoke to Hall’s relatives, who reached Hall by telephone. He was at his girlfriend’s house in Erie, and police went there at about 4:30 a.m. on Oct. 17, Vincent said.
Hall told the troopers he crashed his vehicle earlier that night while driving ….MORE