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Trial ordered in fatal Rostraver accident

| Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 1:06 a.m.

A Rostraver Township man accused in the deaths of two people last year following a crash along Interstate 70 in Rostraver was ordered to stand trial in Westmoreland County Court.

Gary G. King, 39, of 143 Gaudio Drive waived his right to a preliminary hearing Monday before Magisterial District Justice Charles Christner in West Newton.

King faces two counts of recklessly endangering another person and single counts of homicide by vehicle and endangering the welfare of children.

He was cited for three traffic violations.

State police claim that at 9:40 a.m. Aug. 29, King was driving his Saab at a high rate of speed when he veered across the road into the off-ramp connecting Route 51 to Interstate 70 and slammed into the left rear of a Honda driven by Frank Charles Armstrong.

Armstrong, 64, of New Stanton was pronounced dead at the scene nearly two hours later. Freda K. Rorke, 91, of Rostaver Township, a passenger in the rear of Armstrong's car, died later that night at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, according to police.

Police said the cause of death for both victims was blunt force trauma.

Armstrong's wife, Linda, survived the crash.

King and his 2-year-old son were flown via medical helicopter to UPMC Presbyterian and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, respectively, where they were treated and eventually released.

The toddler was secured in a child safety seat in the rear of King's vehicle at the time of the crash.

Police accident reconstructionists reported that they used a “conservative range” of numbers to determine King was traveling 83 mph to 99 mph at the time of the crash. The speed limit on that stretch of Interstate 70 is 55 mph.

King remained free on $25,000 unsecured bond.

Rick Bruni Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at rbruni@tribweb.com or 724-684-2635.

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