Driver in fatal crash charged with aggravated vehicular homicide


By Glenn Battishill - gbattishill@aimmedianetwork.com



A Kilbourne, Ohio, man was indicted Friday and charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and OVI after he was involved in a crash in December that left a Delaware man dead.

Mark C. Noonan, 64, was indicted by a Delaware County Grand Jury Friday and charge with one count of aggravated vehicular homicide, a first-degree felony and one count of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Prosecutors said Friday that the charges stemmed from a Dec. 15, 2016 crash on U.S. 42 North.

City of Delaware Police reported that at approximately 8:42 p.m. Alexander Sosa, of Lehigh Acres, Florida, was driving south on U.S. 42 near the Delaware County Jail in his 2007 Freightliner semi when he saw the railroad bridge and realized he would not be able to pass under it.

Police said Sosa began backing his trailer into the parking lot of the Delaware County Jail to turn around when a northbound 2005 Chevy Impala driven by Noonan collided with the trailer of the truck.

Prosecutors said Noonan and his two passengers were trapped in the car after it became wedged under the truck’s trailer.

“All three people in the car had to be mechanically extricated,” said Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O’Brien. “Noonan and a female, front seat passenger were transported for medical care. The male, rear seat passenger, 43-year-old Kristian Halley of Delaware, was deceased at the scene.”

The crash report indicates that police believed Noonan was under the influence at the time of the crash.

Sosa was not injured in the crash.

Police report that Halley was not wearing a seat-belt at the time of the crash.

An arraignment in Delaware County Common Pleas Court has not yet been set, but Judge David Gormley will preside over the case.

According to the Ohio Revised Code, Noonan could be sentenced to between three to 15 years in prison, if he is convicted of the aggravated vehicular homicide charge.

By Glenn Battishill

gbattishill@aimmedianetwork.com

Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.

Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.