Friday, January 22, 1999

Motorist guilty of assault

Man drove over sleeping women at wine fest

Enquirer Contributor

        LEBANON — Kenneth Stinson pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of aggravated vehicular assault after driving over two women at the Valley Vineyards Wine Festival in Morrow in September.

        By pleading guilty, Mr. Stinson, 32, of Delhi Township could spend 18 months in prison, serve five years probation and have his driving privileges suspended for five years. That is the recommended sentence, said Warren County Assistant Prosecutor James Beaton.

        A sentencing date has not been set.

        “I am satisfied with it,” Mr. Beaton said. “It certainly was an egregious act, there's no doubt about that.”

        Katie Pierman and Chris tina Meyers, both 25, were sleeping in adjacent tents on the winery grounds when Mr. Stinson's Honda crushed them. Mr. Stinson also allegedly crashed into four cars in his rush to leave the grounds after an argument with other campers about his loud stereo.

        Both women were hospitalized for several days.

        Ms. Meyers suffered a fractured pelvic bone, a head laceration and a deep bruise on her leg and arm. The accident kept her off her job at the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce for about a month, she said.

        She broke down after Thursday's hearing, saying she still feels pain. She hopes no one else will have to go through what she and Ms. Pierman did.

        “I hope he really takes the time to straighten his life out,” she said. “I don't have any ill feeling.”

        Ms. Pierman did not comment after the hearing.


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