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Man gets 7 years for hit-skip wreck that killed women, unborn child

TNS Regional News • Oct 11, 2013 at 7:07 PM

 Waverly man who fled after killing two women and an unborn child in a Pike County car crash has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

Paul J. Riggs, 30, previously pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and single counts of aggravated vehicular assault and failure to stop at the scene of the crash on June 24.

Common Pleas Court Judge Randy Deering sentenced Riggs on Tuesday to five years on each of the homicide counts and three years on the assault charge and ordered the sentences served concurrently.

Riggs was sentenced to two years on the failure to stop charge to be served consecutively with the other sentences, yielding a seven-year sentence, said Prosecutor Rob Junk.

Tina L. Ogler, 35, of Beaver, who was pregnant, and a passenger, Mary Jane Cooper, 19, of Beaver, died in the crash on River Road when Riggs’ car crossed the center line. A 14-year-old boy in Ogler’s car was seriously injured, but recovered.

Riggs ran from the crash scene and remained at large for nine days before he was tracked down in Pike County and arrested by state troopers and deputies.

Pike County is about 60 miles south of Columbus.


By Randy Ludlow - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)

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