Teen charged with failure to control following double fatality

Aaron Krause • Mar 22, 2013 at 12:07 PM

A Greenwich teenager has been charged with failure to maintain reasonable control of a vehicle in connection with a Feb. 2 accident that killed her grandparents.

The grandparents, Rodney D. Williams, 69, and his wife, Betty L. Williams, 66, of 203 N. Main St., were passengers in the car driven by their granddaughter, Karlie Conaway, 15, of Greenwich.

"I have at this point of time charged (Conaway) with what I felt was appropriate in the matter," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer DeLand said.

DeLand, who handles juvenile cases, said she received all pertinent documents from the investigators, Lt. Douglas Hamman and Trooper Thomas Halko of the Norwalk post of the State Highway Patrol.

"I know they worked really hard," DeLand said.

Huron County Juvenile Court Administrator Chris Mushett said a hearing is scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 17 in front of juvenile court judge Timothy Cardwell. Mushett said at that point, Conaway could admit to or deny the charge and announce that she wishes to retain an attorney.

The accident occurred on West Ohio 162, just west of Townline Road 79 in Fitchville Township.

At 2:18 p.m. Feb. 2, Conaway was westbound on Ohio 162. Troopers said the girl lost control, went left of center and was hit in the eastbound lane of Ohio 162 by the 1998 Ford Ranger pickup truck driven by Troy A. Green, 40, of 91 Birchpark Drive, New London.

Conaway's grandparents were pronounced deceased at the scene.

Paramedics transported Conaway and Green from the crash site to Fisher-Titus Medical Center with serious injuries. Green was later transferred to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo. He was not listed as a patient there on Thursday.

Conaway's condition has been unavailable.

Authorities have established Conaway has a temporary instruction permit, which allows her to be behind the wheel.

Reflector Staff Writer Cary Ashby contributed to this story.

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