The driver of an SUV that smashed into a parked car and killed a Columbus woman in Roscoe Village in Coshocton on Tuesday has been charged with vehicular homicide.
Charles Miller, 28, of Coshocton, was driving his 1996 Ford Explorer east down Hill Street at 2:50 p.m. when the brakes appear to have failed. The vehicle barreled into a parked Toyota Prius. George R. Baldwin, 70, of Grinnell Drive on the North Side of Columbus, was sitting in driver’s seat of the Prius while his wife, Mary M. Baldwin, 68, was attempting to enter on the passenger side.
The impact pushed the Prius into Mrs. Baldwin, knocking her across the sidewalk and into an iron gate, killing her, according to the Coshocton County sheriff’s office.
The Explorer then struck a 1992 Mercury owned by the Coshocton County Airport, which caused it to flip on its driver’s side into the patio of the Warehouse Steak and Stein restaurant.
Mr. Baldwin remains in serious condition at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center.
Miller was treated for minor injuries and taken into custody on an unrelated warrant for contempt of court from Guernsey County, where he was held last night. Miller’s 1-month-old daughter was in the back of the SUV in a car seat and not hurt.
Roscoe Village is a tourist area in Coshocton, about 75 miles northeast of Columbus. It is restored to resemble a 19th-century village on the Ohio and Erie Canal.
By Eric Lyttle - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)
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