Driver who fled fatal crash charged with vehicular homicide

By J Swygart -



LIMA — A Lima man initially charged with failing to stop following a fatal traffic accident earlier this year will now face an additional count of aggravated vehicular homicide.

Dalton Roessler, 21, is charged in connection with a fatal traffic accident that occurred on state Route 117 near Seriff Road. The November session of the Allen County grand jury indicted Roessler on a single second-degree felony count of failure to stop after an accident, but jurors in the December grand jury session added the additional count of aggravated vehicular homicide, also a second-degree felony, to an indictment.

Court documents show Roessler was the driver of a 2004 Ford Mustang carrying passengers Aaron Caskey, Chloe Greer and Sierra Stewart that left the roadway and crashed in Shawnee Township on the evening of Oct. 5. The vehicle struck a utility pole and continued into a wooded area, coming to rest on its top.

Stewart was ejected from the vehicle and was dead at the scene. Greer and Caskey, although injured, managed to flag down passersby to get medical help. Roessler fled the scene, according to police. He was found hiding in an attic on Nye Street in Lima and was taken into custody the following day.

Roessler in November entered a written plea of not guilty to the initial charge and earlier this month waived his constitutional right to a speedy trial. A jury trial was set for April 26. It is unclear how the updated indictment will affect those proceedings.


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