The most serious charges filed against a 66-year-old man in a crash that killed his wife were withdrawn Monday.
Vincent John Kaider of New Salem waived misdemeanor charges of involuntary manslaughter and two counts of DUI to the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas in exchange for nine to 36 months of intermediate punishment, according to a tentative plea agreement.
Kaider was also seriously injured in the crash that killed 62-year-old Deborah Kay Kaider. State police said Vincent Kaider was driving between 92 and 99 miles per hour in a 25-miles-per-hour zone on New Salem Road when he lost control of his Chrysler Town & Country and crashed through a steel company’s property at about 11:30 p.m. Feb. 27. The car left the road and hit a utility pole before crashing through a fence and hit a tractor trailer at Nelson Wire & Steel at the intersection of New Salem Road and Buffington Road.
Kaider had a blood-alcohol content of 0.207% at Ruby Memorial Hospital, where he was flown by medical helicopter after he and his wife were extricated.
“It’s a tragic, tragic case,” said his attorney, Samuel J. Davis.
Davis noted Kaider’s children are offering support to their father. They appeared with him during court proceedings.
He was initially facing felony counts of homicide by vehicle while DUI and homicide by vehicle. Davis commended District Attorney Rich Bower for the offer of the plea deal, saying the offer was “compassion tempered with justice.” Kaider has no criminal history, Davis said.
Kaider is free on a $50,000 unsecured bond.
Deborah Kaider was a hospice nurse with Albert Gallatin Homecare, according to her obituary. She and her husband were married for 45 years and had two children and two grandchildren.