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UPDATE: Laurel Motorcyclist Sentenced To 1 Year In Jail, 1 Year Home Confinement

UPDATED 5:40 PM: Michael Kondash has been sentenced to a year in jail and a year of home confinement. Kondash was pleaded guilty last month to several traffic offenses, including criminally negligent homicide, after he ran over 78-year-old Eleanour Pusey on May 18 as she tried to cross Sycamore Road in Laurel.

UPDATED STORY 11.16.12:  A 28-year-old Laurel motorcyclist who struck and killed a 78-year-old woman this past May as she crossed Sycamore Road is scheduled to be sentenced today.

Matthew Kondash pleaded guilty last month to several charges in Sussex County Superior Court.

Kondash was driving his motorcycle without a valid license when he struck and killed Eleanor Pusey May 18; Kondash was charged with criminally negligent homicide.

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UPDATED STORY 10.12.12:  A 28-year-old Laurel motorcyclist who struck and killed a 78-year-old woman this past May as she crossed Sycamore Road, pleaded guilty Thursday to several charges in Sussex County Superior Court.

Matthew Kondash was driving his motorcycle without a valid license when he struck and killed Eleanor Pusey May 18; Kondash was charged with criminally negligent homicide.

He will be sentenced on November 16.

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UPDATE – 05-29-12 – State Police have charged 28 year old Matthew Kondash of Laurel with manslaughter, driving with a suspended license, reckless driving, speeding and other offenses in a crash that left 78 year old Eleanor Pusey of Laurel dead.  The crash occurred on Sycamore Road in front of the Epworth Christian School.  Kondash, who left the Christiana Hospital before police could question him, was found the next day in Virginia where he was kayaking.  Kondash was extradited from Virginia this afternoon.  He’s being held at SCI in default of $20,800 secured bond.

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***DSP FINAL UPDATE***
DSP News Release: Motorcycle Operator Charged

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Laurel- Matthew A. Kondash, 28, (Photo attached) the operator of the motorcycle involved in the fatal motorcycle crash in Laurel on May 18th, has been formally charged in the crash that claimed the life of Eleanor B. Pusey of Laurel.

Delaware State Detectives extradited Kondash back from Virginia this afternoon where he was being held as a fugitive.  Kondash was processed at Troop 4 in Georgetown for the charges of: Manslaughter, Driving with a Suspended License, Reckless Driving, Operating a Vehicle with No Insurance, Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle, Displaying a Fictitious Registration Plate, No Motorcycle License, Operating a Vehicle in a No Passing Zone, and Traveling at an Unreasonable Speed.  He was arraigned at JP3 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $20,800.00 secured bond.

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UPDATE – 05-20-12 – 5amState Police have located a 28 year old motorcycle rider from Laurel involved in the death of 78 year old Eleanor Pusey of Laurel.  Matthew Kondash was arrested by Virginia State Police while he was kayaking in Cape Charles Saturday morning.  He had been flown to Christiana Hospital with what was believed to be serious injuries after the deadly crash Friday morning in front of Epworth Church on Sycamore Road in Laurel, but he left the hospital before the Crash Reconstruction Unit arrived to question him.  He is being held as a fugitive pending extradition back to Delaware.

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***NEWS UPDATE***
DSP News Release: Wanted Motorcycle Operator Located in Virginia

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Laurel- Matthew A. Kondash, the operator of the motorcycle involved in the fatal motorcycle crash in Laurel yesterday morning, has been apprehended in Virginia.

Investigators from the Delaware State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit had contacted the Virginia State Police after they received information that Matthew Kondash was possibly staying in a campground along the eastern shore of Virginia. Virginia State Police located Kondash while he was kayaking in the Kiptopeke State Park in Cape Charles, VA late this morning and took him into custody. Kondash is currently being held in Virginia as a fugitive from justice pending his extradition back to Delaware.

Released Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 10:40 p.m.

***UPDATE***
DSP News Release: Investigators Searching for Motorcycle Operator Involved in Fatal Crash
Suspect and Charges:
Matthew A. Kondash, 28, Laurel, DE (pictured)
• Manslaughter
• Driving with a Suspended License
• Reckless Driving
• Operating a Vehicle with No Insurance
• Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle
• Displaying a Fictitious Registration Plate
• No Motorcycle License
• Operating a Vehicle in a No Passing Zone
• Traveling at an Unreasonable Speed

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Laurel- The Delaware State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit is seeking the public’s assistance in locating the operator of the motorcycle involved in the fatal motor vehicle crash in which a pedestrian was struck and killed yesterday in Laurel.

Investigators have obtained warrants charging Matthew A. Kondash, 28, with the above listed charges following their investigation into the crash which occurred at approximately 9:03 a.m. Friday (5/19) on Sycamore Road in Laurel. Kondash had been flown from the scene of the crash by LifeNet to Christiana Hospital with what was thought to have been serious injuries he sustained in the crash. However, upon further examination at the Christiana Hospital, it was determined that his injuries were not as serious as originally believed. Matthew Kondash was then released from the hospital prior to the arrival of the Crash Reconstruction Unit investigators. Efforts to contact Kondash have been unsuccessful.

The Delaware State Police are asking anyone who may know the location of Matthew Kondash to contact the Sussex County Crash Reconstruction Unit at 302-644-5020 ext. 118. Citizens may also provide a tip by texting keyword “DSP” plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES).  Tipsters may also provide information through lines maintained by Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333. Callers can also submit information via the internet at www.tipsubmit.com.

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UPDATE – 4PM – A 78 year old Laurel woman is dead after she was struck by a motorcycle this morning on Sycamore Road near Laurel. Police say 28 year old Matthew Kondash of Laurel was behind a car trying to negotiate a sharp curve in a no passing zone.  Kondash went to pass the car and as he returned to his correct lane struck Eleanor Pusey as she crossed the road from the Epworth Church.  Pusey was pronounced dead at the scene.  Kondash was thrown from the motorcycle and flown to Christiana Hospital with serious injuries.  Police continue to investigate the incident and charges are pending.

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***News Update #3***
DSP News Release: State Police Investigating Pedestrian Fatality
Location:   14511 Sycamore Road, Laurel, DE
Date of Occurrence:    Friday May 18, 2012 at approximately 9:03 a.m.
Operator and Vehicle:
• Matthew A. Kondash, 28, Laurel, DE
• 1982 Yamaha motorcycle
Pedestrian:   Eleanor B. Pusey, 78, Laurel, DE

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Laurel, DE- The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a pedestrian fatality involved in a crash with a motorcycle.

The incident occurred at approximately 9:03 a.m. this morning as Matthew A. Kondash, 28, was operating his 1982 Yamaha motorcycle on Sycamore Road traveling east bound toward Beaver Dam Branch Road east of Laurel.  Kondash was approaching a sharp right curve, while just ahead of him, was a vehicle traveling in the same direction in the process of negotiating the same curve.  This curve was marked with a solid double yellow line indicating a no passing zone. Kondash closed in on the vehicle and maneuvered his motorcycle into the west bound lane, while still negotiating the curve, and began passing around the vehicle.  As the motorcycle exited the curve, he switched back into the east bound lane of travel.  At this same time, Eleanor Pusey was walking from Epworth Church/School, which was located on the north side of the road, to the south side of the road where the school children were participating in a field day event.  Ms. Pusey was then struck by the motorcycle in the roadway and later pronounced dead at the scene.

Matthew Kondash was thrown from the motorcycle.  He was flown from the scene by LifeNet to Christiana Hospital for serious injuries he sustained in the crash.

The children and other staff where well off the south side of the road at the time of the collision and were not injured.

The roadway was closed for approximately three hours as the crash was investigated and cleared.  The investigation into this crash is continuing and charges are pending.

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UPDATE – 12pm – Sycamore Road has been reopened to traffic after a woman was struck by a motorcycle and killed earlier this morning.  State Police are continuing their investigation and WGMD will have more information as it becomes available.

 

10 a.m.:  Delaware State Police now say a woman was killed in Laurel this morning after being struck by a motorcycle on Sycamore Road near Epworth School.

Police say the crash occurred just after 9 a.m.

DSP and EMS personnel are on the scene.

The road remains closed in both directions.

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9:30 a.m.:  Delaware State Police are on the scene of an accident in Laurel in which a motorcycle has struck a pedestrian.

Police say the crash occurred just after 9 a.m. in the area of Epworth School on Sycamore Road.

DSP and EMS personnel are on the scene.

The road is closed in both directions right now.

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9 Responses

  1. Virginia1 says:

    Prayers go out to her family & friends. So tragic. So sad :(

  2. John B. says:

    Well done to everyone involved in this creep’s capture! He is a dangerous person with total disregard to his own life as well as the lives of others. Anyone who passes another vehicle on a curve they can’t see around, is crazy. The charges pending against him speak to just how crazy he is. He has no regard for the law and will be in the right place in jail.

    My condolences to the family of the victim of this man’s crimes.

  3. MDM says:

    Kayaking? Really? You killed someone and you were kayaking?

  4. Fondler the Pirate says:

    Not excusing his reckless behaivor but you are conjuring up some image of him happily wading on the water having the time of his life or something. Think maybe he was feeling pretty terrible and was trying to get away from it all. He will have to face up to his actions, reckless yes, but was he out gunning to kill someone? Don’t think so.

  5. Common Sense says:

    Sincere Sympathy to the family, so unnecessary! With all the charges against Kondash, why not change manslaughter to murder. Ridiculous!!

  6. Real Common Sense says:

    You cannot just change a charge from manslaughter to murder, just because. Yes he did kill someone but he did not wake up Friday and say Hey I hope I kill someone today…. that is common sense.

  7. Old Friend says:

    I knew Matt from years ago and cannot see him as a person that could care less. He probably wanted to get away from it and I am sure he would have turned himself in. He has had some tradegy in his family so I know that he understands what he victim’s family is going through. Was he reckless? Yes. Is he an aweful person? I don’t think so. I think everyone makes mistakes and unfortunately he will have to live with this one for the rest of his life. I thoughts and prayers go out to all who are involved.

  8. freebird says:

    I am so sick of the unlicensed motorcycles and 4 wheelers going up and down Delaware roads and this incident proves the danger of it! Many live on a small lot and make the road their playground. Something needs to be done to stop this!

  9. M J K says:

    Greetings all,
    I received a prayer request today that I promised I would send far and wide.
    A man called me today to share with me that his brother Mathew was in an accident that left a woman dead. As you can well imagine this is very difficult for Mathew emotionally. Not only is the lady dead, but apparently the lady was someone he know from the school he went to making it even more difficult. The news has picked up the story and sensationalized it to appear that the man has killed a woman and her family has created a public outcry for justice.
    This is not the case however. The families know each other and in all actuality the woman was from Christian School he went to and her family is not crying for justice what they actually are hoping for is that this man will come back to the Lord and begin living a Christian life again. We should join this family in their prayer.

    Of course his mother is in a lot of pain over this because it is difficult for a mother to see her son in trouble (he has manslaughter charges) and likely it is a very helpless feeling.

    Lets pray for Mathew to be healed emotionally from the damage caused by knowing that his actions potentially killed someone, the pain of loosing someone you know, and that he can find peace in this whole situation that we know only God can give us. Lets also pray for Mathews mother and other family members they too can have peace in this time.
    Lets also remember when praying that there is a life lost and with that there is pain. There is a loss of a teacher, community member, family member and we need to pray that all affected can find comfort in knowing that she is in Heaven chilling out with Jesus.

    Thanks

    Gibby

    Chris “Gibby” Shoopman
    Bikers for Christ, NOTW
    541-643-7870
    http://www.bikersforchrist.org

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