Thrusday, December 31, 1998

Calif. driver charged in death of Madeira friend

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        SYMMES TOWNSHIP — A 26-year-old Sacramento, Calif., man was charged Wednesday with aggravated vehicular homicide in connection with the early morning death of his best friend in a wreck here.

        William A. Dinger, 26, was being held in the Hamilton County Justice Center pending arraignment, according to the Hamilton County sheriff's office.

        Police said his friend, 26-year-old David Chase of the 8100 block of Maxfield Lane in Madeira, was a passenger in the 1998 GMC Sonoma Mr. Dinger was driving.

        He died in the crash.

        The accident occurred shortly before 2:30 a.m. Wednesday in the 9300 block of McKinney Road in Symmes Township.

        Mr. Dinger, who was uninjured, lost control of the Sonoma, went off the right side of the road, and struck a tree broadside. Alcohol was a factor, police said.

        Following the crash, Mr. Dinger was able to drive the Sonoma about 2 miles to a convenience store, where he called authorities.

        Family members of Mr. Chase declined to discuss the accident, saying only that he was a “nice young man who will be greatly missed.”


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