A Richwood driver has been charged following a crash that killed an area teen.
Christopher Conrad, 19, of 24660 Route 4, Richwood, has been indicted by the Union County Grand Jury, charged with one count each of aggravated vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.
According to Ohio State Highway Patrol officials, about 9:37 p.m., March 23, Conrad was driving a 2011 Hyundai Sonata northwest on Harmon Patrick Road near Ford-Reed Road.
According to court records, Conrad veered off the left side of the road and hit a culvert. Phillips said the car went airborne and hit a utility pole blowing a transformed. When the car landed, it overturned several times.
Phillips said Conrad and his four passengers were ejected. Officials from the Ohio State Highway Patrol said no one in the vehicle was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
“Seatbelts very well, I believe, would have made a difference,” Lt. Molly Harris of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said at the time of the crash. “Seatbelt compliance is never where we want it to be.”
At the time, officials confirmed speed was also a factor in the crash.
“There is some other evidence suggesting that they were traveling over 100 miles per hour at the time,” Union County Prosecutor Dave Phillips said.
Phillips said alcohol and drugs do not appear to be a factor in the crash.
Daniel Louck, 15, of Marion, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Union County Coroner’s Office.
A 15-year-old boy was flown to Nationwide Children’s Hospital via MedFlight.
Conrad along with two other passengers, both 17-year-old boys, were taken to Memorial Hospital. One of those taken to Memorial was taken to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
Charges in the case stem from Louck’s death as well as the serious injuries sustained by the boy taken to OSU Medical Center. Phillips said the boy is still suffering from those injuries.
The prosecutor said that when someone is hurt in a crash, it is not necessarily a crime. Even negligence, is not enough.
“You have to get past negligence to recklessness,” Phillips said.
He added, “traveling such a high rate of speed was a perverse disregard for the risk.”
He said that recklessness was, “a disregard for human life, not only theirs and those in the car, but others on the road and even near by.”
If convicted on both charges, Conrad could face more than six years in prison.
Also indicted was:
– Tiffany Danielle Rader, also known as Tiffany Danielle Hoffman, 29, of 2024 Mt. Vernon Rd., Prospect. Rader is charged with one count of escape.
According to court documents, Rader was being held at Tri-County Regional Jail on heroin charges and charges of failing to appear for a court date. On July 20, Rader was released on furlough. According to court documents, her mother was to take her to a mental health and drug assessment, then return her to the jail. Rader was never returned. On Aug. 3, Rader was arrested in Columbus.
If convicted, Rader could face as many as five years in prison for the escape in addition to any sentence she receives for the drug charges.
– Robert Fisher, 33, of Columbus. Fisher is charged with two counts of burglary and one count of theft. According to court documents, between March 22, 2017 and Aug. 4, Fisher allegedly stole more than $1,000 of merchandise from the local Home Depot store.
If convicted on all counts, Fisher could face as many as 17 years in prison.
– Robert C. Fulton, 35, of 19530 Dog Leg Road, Marysville. Fulton is charged with one count each of aggravated possession of drugs, possession of cocaine, possession of heroin, all stemming from a May 13 incident. If convicted on all charges, Fulton could face as many as three years in prison.
– Issa Saccoh, 26, of Columbus. Saccoh is charged with one count of identity fraud, stemming from a March 5, incident when he used another man’s name and identification. If convicted, Saccoh could face as many as 12 months in prison.
– Kiel Joseph Emans, 33, of 10718 state Route 4, Milford Center. Emans is charged with one count of aggravated possession of drugs and one count of possession of cocaine stemming from a July 15 incident. If convicted, Emans could face as many as 24 months in prison.
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