The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

March 20, 2013

Police nab suspect in Jan. 28 traffic crash

By Tom Davidson and Joe Pinchot
Herald Staff Writers

FARRELL — Ramone J. Williams told District Judge Ronald E. Antos that he understands the list of charges filed against him Tuesday.

They include homicide by vehicle in the traffic death of Leslie Keller.

“Yes sir, I’m all ready to go to jail,” Williams told Antos during his arraignment in Farrell.

Williams, 26, of 130 Smith Ave., Sharon, was awakened at about 2 p.m. Tuesday at 504 Emerson Ave., Farrell, by members of the Mercer County Critical Incident Response Team.

He was taken into custody without incident and was still sporting the clothes he was wearing when CIRT picked him up – yellow lounge pants with red, white and green Santas on them and a long-sleeved blue shirt.

Williams fidgeted and snorted during the court appearance and made several profanity-laced outbursts as Antos detailed the charges against him.

“I didn’t kill nobody,” Williams told the judge.

Southwest Mercer County Regional police obtained an arrest warrant for Williams Thursday.

He also is charged with accident involving death while not properly licensed, driving without a license, driving under suspension, careless driving, driving at an unsafe speed, receiving stolen property and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

“That’s all my charges or is there more,” he asked Antos at one point in the hearing.

“I’m Jeff Gordon,” he piped in at another, referencing the NASCAR driver. “What’s safe speed mean? How can they tell that though?”

According to the police affidavit:

On Jan. 28, Williams was driving a car stolen in Sharon. It was westbound on Roemer Boulevard, Farrell, nearing Park Avenue, when it went off the road, sheared a fire hydrant and spun into a tree, said police, who were called at 3:21 a.m.

Keller, 23, formerly of Farrell and Brookfield, was pinned in the passenger compartment and had to be removed by Farrell firefighters. He suffered head and body injuries and died at 7:08 p.m. Feb. 6 while in hospice care in Youngstown, police said.

Williams suffered a cut over his eye and swelling and refused medical treatment, police said.

The car was reported stolen after the crash by Julio Cruz Jr. of 522 Stambaugh Ave., Sharon, police said. Cruz was delivering baby formula to his girlfriend at home when he saw Williams walk by, police said.

Cruz has known Williams for years.

Williams asked if he could have a ride, police said. Cruz, who left the car running, told Williams to wait, that he would give the formula to his girlfriend and come back out, police said.

When Cruz returned outside, Williams and the car were gone, police said.

Cruz waited to report the stolen car because he did not want to get Williams in trouble and thought Williams would bring it back, police said.

Antos set Williams’ bond at $25,000 and police took him to Mercer County Jail. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for 1:15 p.m. March 28.

“Bring CNN, the world’s got to see this,” Williams said of that hearing.