May trial set for driver in Alum Creek boating accident


By Glenn Battishill - gbattishill@aimmedianetwork.com



A May trial has been scheduled for the operator of a boat who was involved in an August 2015 boating accident at Alum Creek Lake that killed an Australian teenager.

According to documents filed in Delaware Municipal Court, Andrew Lehman, 35, of 6259 Worthington Road, Westerville, will stand trial on May 2 and face charges of reckless operation, failure to take action to avoid a collision, failure to travel at a safe speed, and failure to keep proper look-out, all misdemeanors.

Lehman appeared in Delaware Municipal Court on Feb. 10 where he waived his right to a speedy trial, which requires the court to try the case within 90 of charges being filed.

At the Feb. 10 hearing, Delaware city prosecutors told Municipal Judge Marianne Hemmeter that they had not been able to work out a plea deal with Lehman and his attorney, Adam Nemann.

Prosecutors estimate the trial will likely run between two and three days.

Officials from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources reported that on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, at about 4 p.m. ODNR authorities received a call about a woman who was reportedly hit by a boat in Alum Creek Lake in Delaware County. The woman, 19-year-old Morgan Montgomery, of Willunga, Australia, had been water-skiing when she fell into the water and was hit by Lehman’s boat.

Authorities searched the reservoir into the night Sunday but called off the search when it was too dark to safely search the waters. The search resumed the next morning and Montgomery’s body was recovered the evening of Monday, Aug. 3, in an area north of the beach and south of the marina.

Montgomery was reportedly attending a church camp for youths between the ages of 13 and 18 years old. Water-skiing is among several activities for Ohio Teen Camp, one of several camps sponsored by the Living Church of God in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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.