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12-06-02: Minster man indicted in traffic death
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 misdemeanor charges.
    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 counts.
    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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