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July 6, 2014

Man dies trying to help friend

SHARPSVILLE — Police say a Sharpsville man killed his friend on Friday night as he fought off his attempts to drive him home from a bar.

“Two friends, one had too much to drink on a holiday,” Keith A. Falasco, police chief, said. “The other trying to get him home and that’s what it turned into.”

Fred Earl Abbott, 36, of 2909 William Ave., started drinking alcohol “early” on July 4th. He told police he downed 10 to 12 beers by 3:30 p.m. when he drove himself to the Sharpsville American Legion on West Main Street.

Abbott told police he and Charles David Frederick, 50, of 2010 Powers Ave., Sharpsville, were “joking around” when he kneed Frederick in the stomach, causing him to fall across his car onto the ground and die.

Hospital personnel said Frederick recently had heart surgery and may have had complications, police said.

Abbott was charged with misdemeanor involuntary manslaughter, simple assault, and public drunkenness

“We’re sure this is what happened,” Falasco said. “The charges could change pending autopsy, but I don’t think there will be any surprises.”

“We’re still trying to get through to people that drinking too much is against the law,” Falasco said. “Public drunkenness, people don’t understand. Here’s someone who drank too much and this happens.”

Witnesses told police a number of people offered Abbott a ride home after he had three or four beers and got “shut off” by the bartender. They said Abbott and Frederick were friends, and Frederick got him to leave the club, police said.

Once in the parking lot, the friends were between their two cars when Abbott started calling Frederick names and refused to get in his car before he kneed him, which caused his death, police said.

Police found Frederick at 8:27 p.m. lying in the parking lot, bleeding from his mouth and nose and without a pulse, police said. Abbott was kneeling over him and, when interviewed, appeared to be highly intoxicated, police said.

Abbott was taken to Mercer County Jail after failing to post $100,000 bond.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 11 in front of District Judge Dennis A. Songer.

 

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