Friday, December 10, 1999

Police officer indicted in jogger's death

The Cincinnati Enquirer

Donald Scalf
        A Cincinnati police officer faces a lesser charge for hitting and killing a jogger on a Columbia Township sidewalk.

        A Hamilton County grand jury indicted rookie Officer Donald Scalf, 25, of vehicular homicide, a misdemeanor. The grand jury ignored the original felony charge of involuntary manslaughter. The officer, whose police duties have been suspended, faces a maximum prison term of six months if convicted.

        Officer Scalf, of Columbia Township, was off-duty and on his way home from work on Nov. 25 when his 1994 Toyota Camry swerved onto the sidewalk near Newtown Road and hit Lloyd Swaringer, 45, of Wooster Pike, from behind. The accident happened at about 8:10 a.m. in the 8200 block of Wooster Pike.

        “The accident inflicted a tragic loss of life, resulting, sadly, in a lasting painful impact on Mr. Swaringer's loved ones,” Hamilton County Prosecutor Mike Allen, said in a statement.

        A Cincinnati police spokeswoman said the division had not received formal notice of the indictment and she did not know if it would affect Officer Scalf's status. The District Three officer has been on the force since January. He was assigned to desk duty after the incident.

        Vehicular homicide is first-degree misdemeanor defined as negligently causing the death of another while operating a motor vehicle. The original charge against the officer, involuntary manslaughter, is a third-degree felony with a maximum prison term of five years.


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