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Ruffsdale man charged with aggravated assault by vehicle

| Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, 12:01 a.m.

A Ruffsdale man was charged with aggravated assault by vehicle because an investigation found him responsible for a vehicle collision in July that caused a severe injury to a Uniontown man.

Clifford S. Eisaman, 34, was charged with aggravated assault by vehicle, accidents involving death or personal injury while not properly licensed, recklessly endangering another person, drivers required to be licensed, following too closely, careless driving, reckless driving and other traffic violations before District Judge Charles Moore.

The charges stem from a two-vehicle collision on Route 31 in South Huntingdon Township about 3:15 p.m. July 24.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, a Chevrolet Lumina driven by Eisaman rear-ended a Volkswagen Bug driven by Linda Sparks and occupied by Timothy Sparks of Uniontown.

Eisaman told police at the scene that the Volkswagen turned in front of his Chevrolet before the impact and that his driver's license was under suspension for DUI.

Linda Sparks told police she put on her turn signal and slowed down to about 10 mph to turn off the road to review directions when the collision occurred.

Police determined that Eisaman's vehicle was traveling 65 mph because there were no skid marks.

Linda and Timothy Sparks were injured in the collision. Timothy Sparks reportedly suffered severe brain trauma.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled 10 a.m. Jan. 28 at Moore's office for Eisaman, who has been released on his own recognizance.

Mark Hofmann is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-626-3539 or mhofmann@tribweb.com.

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