Arraignment set for man charged with aggravated vehicular homicide


An arraignment has been set for a Kilbourne, Ohio, man charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and OVI after he was involved in a crash in December that killed a Delaware man.

Mark C. Noonan, 64, was indicted by a Delaware County Grand Jury on Feb. 17 and charged 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.

A summons to appear in court was issued after the indictment and on Feb. 24, deputies from the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office served the summons to Noonan, who was currently a patient at Lima Rehabilitation and Rehab Center.

An arraignment was then scheduled for April 3 at 9:30 a.m. Delaware County Common Pleas Judge David Gormley will preside over the case.

When Noonan was indicted, prosecutors reported that the charges stemmed from a Dec. 15, 2016 crash on U.S. 42 North.

City of Delaware Police report 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 after the indictment. “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.

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

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

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