LIMA — An amended indictment that added a charge of aggravated vehicular assault against a Lima man for his role in a fatal traffic accident earlier this year brought Dalton Roessler back inside a Lima courtroom Monday.
Roessler, 21, was originally indicted by the November session of the Allen County grand jury on a single second-degree felony count of failure to stop after an accident following an Oct. 5 fatal crash in Shawnee Township that claimed the life of Sierra Stewart.
The December grand jury session added the additional count of aggravated vehicular homicide, also a second-degree felony, to an indictment.
Roessler on Dec. 10 waived his constitutional right to a speedy trial to the initial count of the indictment but was back in court Monday to address the new count against him. Through his attorney, Thomas Lucente, Roessler pleaded not guilty to the new charge and also waived his right to a speedy trial on the new count.
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 the following hiding in an attic on Nye Street in Lima and was taken into custody.
Police believe alcohol was a factor in the accident, according to court documents.
An April 26 trial date has been set.