Driver charged with killing Norwalk passenger, 18

A Columbus driver has been indicted in connection with causing the death of his passenger in a March 18 one-vehicle accident. Steven V. Maxey, 18, was driving a "muscle car' about 70 mph during the Greenwich Milan Townline Road crash that killed his friend, Michael W. Allgyre, 18, of Norwalk, according to Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler. Maxey was charged with aggravated vehicular homicide.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

A Columbus driver has been indicted in connection with causing the death of his passenger in a March 18 one-vehicle accident.

Steven V. Maxey, 18, was driving a “muscle car” about 70 mph during the Greenwich Milan Townline Road crash that killed his friend, Michael W. Allgyre, 18, of Norwalk, according to Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler. Maxey was charged with aggravated vehicular homicide.

Maxey was heading south when his 1993 Dodge Stealth went off the left side of the road and hit a tree and utility pole before going airborne, troopers said. The car then hit several more trees before it hit a ditch and overturned, coming to rest on its wheels on the east side of the road.

Allgyre, who was not wearing his seat belt, was ejected and found several feet in front of the vehicle, prosecutors said. He died about five hours after the crash at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, where he had been flown.

Other suspects indicted by a Huron grand jury include:

William Blimka, 18, of Vermilion, on one count of passing bad checks in connection with incidents between Feb. 11 and 25.

Blaine Butler, 28, of Sandusky, on burglary in connection with a March 22 incident.

Joseph B. Chairez, 26, of 774 Hartland Center Road, Collins, on three counts of rape in connection with incidents from May through June 2006 involving a 4-year-old New London girl.

Matthew Hardy, 22, of 5144 U.S. 250, Lot 57, on burglary, theft of a motor vehicle and possession of criminal tools in connection with a May 14 incident.

Eric Harp, 32, of 235 W. Main St., on trafficking in heroin in connection with an April 18 incident.

Andrew A. Kessler, 24, of 4336 Ohio 598, New Haven, on trafficking in heroin in connection with an April 20 incident.

Anthony Hartman, 28, of Sheffield, on failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer in connection with an April 27 incident.

Arlena M. Hicks, 38, of 1837 S. Thomas Road, Willard, on one count of felonious assault and two charges of failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer in connection with an April 24 high speed chase.

Rhonda C. Lynch, 51, of 524 Woodbine St., Willard, on possession of cocaine in connection with a March 12 incident.

Jason Muhr, 32, of 106 Spring St., Willard, on receiving stolen property in connection with a Feb. 27 incident involving a credit card.

Dean P. Silcox, 48, of 9 W. Elm St., on trafficking in marijuana and possession of criminal tools in connection with an April 10 incident.

Robert E. Strausbaugh, 50, of 8B Ontario St., on four counts of forgery in connection with an April 25 incident.

James R. Porter, 28, of Shiloh, on aggravated robbery, robbery and theft in connection with a May 15 incident.

Heather J. Ruffin, 25, of Perrysburg, on possession of cocaine and tampering with evidence in connection with a May 4 incident.

Nathan Showman, 21, of 153C N. Main St., New London, on theft in connection with a Jan. 23 incident.

Leslie Stower, 24, most recently of 44 Chatham St., on two counts of receiving stolen property in connection with a March 29 incident involving credit cards.

Neal Williams, 45, of South Bend, Ill., on possession of cocaine in connection with an April 6 incident.

The grand jurors transferred the following cases back to Norwalk Municipal Court for prosecution on misdemeanor charges:

Wayne Dye, 47, of 2529 W. Ohio 162, Monroeville, on theft in connection with an incident between Aug. 1 and Jan. 28.

Jorge Martinez, 27, of 22B Ontario St., on assault in connection with a Feb. 22 incident.

Nathan A. Sanger, 29, of 2016 W. Ohio 113, Milan, on criminal trespassing and criminal damaging in connection with a May 6 incident.

Phillip C. Wilson, 26, of 215 S. West Ave., Willard, on domestic violence in connection with an April 28 incident.

The grand jury determined the felonious assault case against Lisa M. Rogers, 27, of 311A Woodland Ave., Willard, should not proceed.