STEUBENVILLE - A Toronto man is facing aggravated vehicular homicide charges today following two early Sunday morning vehicle accidents on county Road 47 that claimed the life of a 22-year-old Empire man.
According to Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Shawn Yoho, Robert W. Hall, 21, of 17401 state Route 152 was driving a 2002 Subaru westbound on county Road 47 at approximately 2:20 a.m. when he failed to maintain control and slid off the road hitting a tree.
"The Subaru overturned after it hit the tree, and Adam D. Matthews, 22, 1108 Midway St., Empire, was ejected from the vehicle. Mr. Hall and a second passenger in the Subaru, Zachary T. Michael, 21 of Steubenville fled the scene in the Subaru for a short distance," Yoho explained today.
"Approximately five minutes later a 1998 Ford Escort driven by William J. Warren, 22 of 1271 Jewett Road, Toronto, was westbound on county Road 47 when he struck Matthews who was laying in the road," said Yoho.
Yoho said Warren has not been charged at this point.
"We have charged Hall with the aggravated vehicular homicide charge after talking to the Jefferson County prosecutor's office and are now completing our investigation into both incidents. Once the investigation is completed, all of the information will be submitted to the county prosecutor," Yoho said.
"Alcohol and high speed played a factor in the first crash that saw Matthews ejected from the vehicle. After working with the Jefferson County coroner's office, we know Mr. Matthews died from blunt force trauma. But we are still working to determine if he died from the first crash or from the second crash," Yoho stated.
"Trooper Rick Wells and the crash scene reconstruction investigation team is assisting us with our investigation," Yoho noted.