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|12-06-02: Minster man indicted in
|By SHELLEY GRIESHOP
The Daily Standard
GREENVILLE - A 21-year-old Minster man has been indicted in the
alcohol-related traffic death of a St. Henry man following a September accident on the
Mercer-Darke county line.
Kevin L. Schmiesing, 5668 Bensman Road, was recently indicted by a
Darke County grand jury for two counts aggravated vehicular homicide, second- and
third-degree felonies. Schmiesing also was indicted for driving with a blood-alcohol
concentration over the legal limit, and driving under the influence, both first-degree
Darke County Prosecutor Dick Howell refused to release the results of
Schmiesing's blood-alcohol tests, taken following the accident. Howell added that
Schmiesing only can be convicted and sentenced to one of the felony charges and only one
of the misdemeanor charges, although he can be found guilty of none or all of the four
Schmiesing pleaded not guilty to the charges at an arraignment hearing
Wednesday. A pretrial hearing is set for Jan. 20. Schmiesing could face a maximum sentence
of 8-1/2 years incarceration and a $16,000 fine. He is represented in the case by Vandalia
attorney Jeffery Slyman.
The charges stem from a September 21 accident at the intersection of
Ohio 118 and Ohio 319 (Mercer-Darke county line) near the village of Burkettsville.
Pronounced dead at the scene was Robert Good, 50, 422 Anthony Drive, St. Henry. Three
other passengers in Good's sport utility vehicle, his daughter, Amanda, son, Eric, and
Eric Good's girlfriend, Rachel Myers of Coldwater, were all injured in the accident.
Schmiesing, who was driving a pickup truck, and his passenger, David
Starr, 21, of New Bremen, also were injured in the accident.
The report from the Wapakoneta post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol
said Schmiesing traveled eastbound through the stop sign on Ohio 319 and his truck was
struck by Good's northbound vehicle.
Because the accident took place near the dividing line of the two
counties, the jurisdiction of the case was stalled until an investigation revealed the
impact of the crash was in Darke County.
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