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Driver waives preliminary hearing

Ronald Frank Jr., 26, waived his preliminary hearing yesterday in relation to the one vehicle accident that occurred on July 20 along SR 4031, near the Vail area of Snyder Township.
He was represented by the public defender’s office, and he was remanded back to Blair County Prison.
His next court date is scheduled for mid-September at the Blair County Court.
Frank was previously arraigned on charges of DUI (second offense), felony count of aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI, felony count of accidents involving injury or death while not properly licensed, driving while license was suspended and other related summary traffic offenses.
Hollidaysburg State Police report that Frank was traveling north on the Back road to Vail from Tyrone Borough. Police allege he was traveling too fast, lost control of his vehicle, skidded off the road and struck an embankment on the west side of the roadway.
Frank was treated at Tyrone Hospital for minor injuries and submitted to a blood test to determine his blood alcohol content.
The passenger, Donald Brower, 22, of Tyrone, was ejected from the vehicle. He was transported to Altoona Regional Health System. He remains in the ICU unit of Altoona Hospital.
Another passenger, Jeremy Decker, 22, of Tyrone, suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene by ambulance personnel.
Police reported that none of the occupants were wearing seatbelts.