Man Charged In Death Of Pa Senator Rhoades

01.15.09 | Terry Diener

An Kunkletown man was charged Wednesday with vehicular homicide, drunken driving and other offenses in a head-on collision that killed a veteran state lawmaker from Schuylkill County.

State Police say 45 year-old Thomas Senavitis had a blood-alcohol level more than four times the legal limit when his pickup truck crossed a center line and struck Senator James Rhoades' Cadillac on Octover 17 in the Poconos.

Rhoades, a seven-term Republican, died the following day. His wife Mary was seriously injured. Senavitis denied any responsibility for the crash at his arrignment Wednesday and said he was not drunk. He was held in the Monroe County Correctional Facility on $25,000 bail.