May 18, 2012 posted by: Kelli Steele - WGMD News
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.
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.
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.
***DSP FINAL UPDATE***
DSP News Release: Motorcycle Operator Charged
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.
UPDATE – 05-20-12 – 5am - State 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.
DSP News Release: Wanted Motorcycle Operator Located in Virginia
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.
DSP News Release: Investigators Searching for Motorcycle Operator Involved in Fatal Crash
Suspect and Charges:
Matthew A. Kondash, 28, Laurel, DE (pictured)
• 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
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.
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.
***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
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.
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.
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.