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Driver charged in 222 crash that killed woman, hurt others

Kyle Reidenhour freed on unsecured bail

Driver charged in 222 crash that...

READING, Pa. - A Berks County man has been arrested for allegedly causing a crash that killed a woman and injured several other people on Route 222 last summer.

Kyle Reidenhour was charged Friday with homicide by vehicle, aggravated assault by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter, recklessly endangering another person, and related offenses.

Reidenhour was behind the wheel of a pickup truck on the afternoon of July 20, when he failed to stop for slowed traffic and struck a line of vehicles on Route 222 South, between the Broadcasting Road and Route 422 interchanges, in Spring Township, authorities said.

A woman driving one of the struck vehicles, Beverly Greenwalt, 78, of Leesport, died in the crash. Nine other people were injured.

An investigation by the Berks County district attorney's accident reconstruction team revealed that Reidenhour was traveling at 74 mph when he first stepped on the brakes at 1.2 seconds before impact, according to court documents. The posted speed limit is 55 mph.

Reidenhour, who was traveling to his home near Shillington from his job in Allentown, told investigators that he was extremely drowsy and fighting the urge to fall asleep miles before the crash, claiming his exhaustion resulted from the physical nature of his job, the heat, and several nights of restless sleep, according to court documents.

"I know I shouldn't have been driving," he said. "I know I should have pulled over."

Reidenhour, 24, of Spring Township, was freed on unsecured bail after his arraignment Friday morning.

Greenwalt's daughter, Cynthia Conti, provided the following statement to 69 News in response to Reidenhour's arrest:

"My family and I are happy that the police investigation into the accident that took my Mother’s life has reached its conclusion. We are grateful to the Spring Township Police Department and the Berks County District Attorney's office for doing a comprehensive and thorough investigation into the accident.

"My Mother was a beloved and cherished member of our family whose sudden and violent death has left a huge void in our lives. While the charges filled against Mr. Reidenhour will not bring her back to us, it does provide some measure of comfort that the person who caused her death will pay the price for his actions."

Greenwalt was on her way to the Johnny Mathis concert at the Santander Arena in downtown Reading at the time of the crash.


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