Aaron Burd, 39, of Butler, was more than 2½ times the state’s legal limit for alcohol and had cocaine in his system last summer when he crashed a kit car in northern Butler County, killing his passenger 26-year-old Tanya Lynn Tyson of Saxonburg. Burd was thrown out of the vehicle and landed about 20 feet away. He was injured but reportedly conscious and talking when rescuers found him.
Investigators said Burd lost control of his convertible roadster kit car about 9:15 p.m. June 27 2017 and slammed into a tree along Slippery Rock Road in Slippery Rock Township.
A short time before the wreck, police said, he was doing “burnouts,” spinning tires and screaming obscenities at his ex-wife in front of her home.
District Judge Bill O’Donnell arraigned Burd on felony charges of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI and homicide by vehicle.