Man charged for I-35 crash that killed Fort Hood military policeman

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GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — The man driving a vehicle that crashed into a semi truck on Interstate 35 near Georgetown last month has been charged with intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault.

Police say Timothy Corder had a blood alcohol content of 0.139, telling officers he had two drinks. The early morning crash on Mar. 6 killed Sgt. Sean Vanderwal, 25, a military policeman on Fort Hood, who was in the passenger seat.

According to a police affidavit, Corder was traveling northbound on an I-35 frontage road near Georgetown when he drove off the road, hitting a semi truck parked on the shoulder with its hazard lights on.

Data from Corder’s vehicle showed he was traveling at a steady 78 miles per hour just prior to the crash, with no braking or cruise control, the affidavit states. The speed limit at the crash location is 55 mph.

Corder was booked and released from the Williamson County Jail on a $100,000 bond on Monday.

Sgt. Vanderwal, from New Castle, Pennsylvania, entered active duty service in April 2014. He was assigned to the 720th Military Police Battalion on Fort Hood since Feb. 2016.

His awards and decorations included the Army Achievement Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon, among others.

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