LIMA — A 29-year-old Lima man who got behind the wheel of his car while intoxicated and caused a traffic accident that nearly claimed the life of a Delphos resident last year sobbed and begged forgiveness from that same man Thursday in Allen County Common Pleas Court.
Aanhar Nepal turned to Todd Elwer and his extended family in the courtroom and said he was prepared to take whatever punishment the court doled out, telling Elwer that he “cannot be anything but sorry” for his actions.
A naturalized United States citizen, Nepal told the family that he believes in a motto that is included in the U.S. Constitution and on its currency: In God We Trust.
“In God I trust … that you will recover,” Nepal told Elwer.
The Delphos man suffered life-threatening injuries that included brain bleed, several facial fractures, head injuries and multiple broken bones as a result of a traffic accident on Sept. 15 of last year in Allen County.
According to court documents, troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to the accident scene at the intersection of Piquad and Conant roads and determined that Nepal had been traveling northbound on Conant Road and failed to stop at the intersection of Piquad Road. Nepal’s vehicle struck a vehicle operated by Elwer, causing both to leave the roadway.
A trooper at the scene noted he could detect the odor of alcohol on Nepal and that Nepal’s eyes were bloodshot and glassy.
Nepal pleaded guilty in March to charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, a first-degree misdemeanor, and vehicular assault, a felony of the third degree.
“I am very sorry for that day to happen,” Nepal sobbed while looking at Elwer in court prior to sentencing Thursday. “It felt good seeing you walking today. Every morning I pray for you. I never wished for this to happen to you and I am so sorry I was behind the wheel that day. If the judge decides that me going to prison is good for you, then I accept that.”
Judge Terri Kohlrieser did indeed reach that conclusion, sentencing Nepal to 30 months in prison and imposing a $1,000 fine and a three-year suspension of his driver’s license. She noted the victim suffered serious physical, emotional and economic harm as the result of Nepal’s actions.
“With every choice there is a consequence,” Kohlrieser said. “But my decision does not come easily, lightly or without emotion.”
The judge urged Nepal to use his time in prison wisely to better his life, and said to the Elwer family, “I can’t imagine what you’re going through.”
Elwer was transported following the crash to Ohio State University Medical Center for treatment of his injuries and reportedly was on life-support and in a coma initially. He has been unable to return to work and to this day has difficulty with minor tasks such as dressing himself, it was noted in court.