Thursday, August 14, 2003

2 indicted in vehicular homicide cases

By Janice Morse
The Cincinnati Enquirer

HAMILTON - Butler County Prosecutor Robin Piper says there have been far too many recent car wrecks in which people are accused of driving drunk and killing friends who were passengers.

Grand jury indictments released Wednesday reflect that, he said, noting the cases of Dmitri Ivanov and Timothy C. Strait. Both men are charged with aggravated vehicular homicide.

Piper said that, in both cases, the men had been socializing with their friends at taverns before the fatal crashes.

Ivanov is charged in connection with a July 5 crash. His roommate, Sergei Maksimov, 22, of Loveland, died after being ejected from a vehicle that struck a utility pole on Cincinnati-Dayton Road near Guard Street. A police report says Ivanov had a blood-alcohol level of 0.278, more than three times Ohio's legal limit of 0.08.

The charges against Strait arise from a three-vehicle crash that killed Strait's passenger, Chad Geiger, 25, of Mason, and injured nine others, including Strait.

The May 18 wreck occurred on Interstate 75 near the Monroe rest area.

Other indictments released Wednesday include:

• Two suspects who undercover Hamilton police officers allege were trolling the Internet for sex with teens. Roy D. Jones Jr. and David D. Gower both are charged with importuning and attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

• A woman suspected of robbing two Middletown pizza parlors within 10 hours. Donna M. South faces two counts of robbery. An alleged accomplice is still being investigated and could be charged later, authorities said.


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