Woman accused in fatal collision with produce store owner arrested

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STOWE TOWNSHIP, Pa. —

A woman accused of driving under the influence when she collided with a parked truck in Stowe Township in December was arrested Thursday morning.

Anthony Perri, 86, was unloading produce from the back of his parked box truck on Dec. 5 when Jennifer Roedler’s car slammed into the truck, throwing Perri from the back.

“When officers got the scene they found out the gentleman who owns the business was on the back of the truck loading produce when a car collided with the truck. Mr. Perri was then ejected from the back of the truck and fell onto the sidewalk,” Stowe Township Police Chief Matthew Preininger said.

Perri struck his head when he fell from the truck. He died a week later from the wounds he incurred from the collision.

Roedler, 52, stopped and was detained at the scene.

“We were told by her that an animal or a cat came out in front of the car and she made a movement to avoid hitting the animal,” Preininger said.

Roedler remains in the Allegheny County Jail. She is facing several charges including homicide by vehicle while DUI and involuntary manslaughter.

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