LIMA — A Columbus Grove man accused of striking a female pedestrian with his car while she crossed Spencerville Road on Thanksgiving Day of 2016 pleaded no contest to two related charges on Thursday during an appearance in Allen County Common Pleas Court. Curtis M. Miller, 35, who inadvertently struck 23-year-old Whitney Allen, of Lima, with his vehicle, will be sentenced March 7.
He had previously pleaded not guilty to aggravated vehicular assault, a third-degree felony; failure to stop after an accident, a fifth-degree felony; and two counts of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, a first-degree misdemeanor.
On Thursday he entered pleas of not guilty to aggravated vehicular assault and OVI and was found guilty by Judge David Cheney.
The victim in the incident, 23-year-old Whitney Allen, of Lima, suffered numerous broken bones and injuries after she was hit at 1 a.m. after leaving J’s American Pub, 2307 Spencerville Road. Allen was crossing the road and walking along the north edge of Spencerville Road to get to the parking lot of Fat Jack’s Pizza when she was struck, according to police reports.
Miller was in the parking lot at J’s with a woman in his car for a while before he decided to drive away. The windows were fogged in the car, and Miller drove off. He struck Allen just after he pulled onto Spencerville Road, Detective Kent Miller of the Lima Police Department said.
Allen was at the edge of the road where it is legal to walk if there are no sidewalks, Miller said at the time of the incident.