Bellefonte man charged with homicide by vehicle while DUI

BELLEFONTE — Anthony Diguardi Jr., 37, has been charged with homicide by vehicle while drivingunder the influence in connection with a fatal, one-car crash on Sept. 1 on Casanova Road in Rush townshiip.

State police at Rockview said Renny Baney, 41, who was a passenger in the car driven by Diguardi, died in the crash.

The two left Jackson’s Bar and Grill after about three hours, with Diguardi driving and Baney in the passenger seat, police said. The car struck a tree and a street sign on Casanova Road, police said.

A state police collision analysis and reconstruction specialist determined alcohol was a factor in the crash, police said.

Baney, of Julian, was pronounced dead at the scene. Centre County Coroner Scott Sayers ruled death was due to blunt force trauma.

Diguardi was transported to UPMC Altoona for injuries on his left side and upper chest area. His blood alcohol content was 0.141%, according to police.

Diguardi was charged with one felony count of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, one felony count of an accident involving death, two misdemeanors and five summaries.

He was arraigned Tuesday by District Judge Allen Sinclair, who set bail at $100,000 unsecured.