Man given 4 years in prison for fatal crash


By Glenn Battishill - gbattishill@aimmedianetwork.com



Stewart

Stewart


A Fredericktown man was sentenced to four years in prison in Delaware County Common Pleas Court in connection with an October 2015 crash that left a Vermilion woman dead.

Brett Littell Stewart, 49, appeared in court Monday to be sentenced on a charge of aggravated vehicular homicide, a third-degree felony.

Stewart pleaded guilty to the charge at a change of plea hearing on Oct. 10. The charge was a lesser-included offense of a charge of aggravated vehicular homicide, a second-degree felony. The charge was lessened as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Additionally, as part of plea agreements two charges of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first-degree misdemeanors, were dismissed.

At Monday’s hearing, Delaware County Common Pleas Court Judge Everett Krueger sentenced Stewart to 48 months in prison. Additionally, Stewart’s driver’s license was suspended for 20 years.

After Stewart is released from prison he will be subject to three years of post-release control. Stewart was credited five days for the time he spent in the Delaware County Jail during the case.

The charges stemmed from a fatal crash that took place on the night of Oct. 11, 2015.

State troopers report that Stewart was traveling northeast on Wilson Road in Kingston Township on a 2012 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide with a passenger, 39-year-old Vermillion resident, Andrea Kay Adkins.

Troopers report that that Stewart went off the right side of the road and both Stewart and Adkins were thrown from the vehicle.

A passer-by stopped and called 9-1-1 at 11:03 p.m., and emergency personnel arrived within minutes.

Adkins was pronounced dead at the scene from her injuries and Stewart was transported by helicopter to OSU Wexner Medical Center with serious injuries, including pain to his shoulder, facial road rash and several bruises.

The report states that Stewart and Adkins were both wearing helmets at the time of the crash.

According to the crash report, Stewart told troopers, “I have no recollection of the events of the crash.” He also told troopers that he couldn’t remember if he had been drinking or how the crash occurred. Stewart told troopers that he and Adkins were returning home from a body shop in Columbus.

The crash report states that Stewart’s blood-alcohol level was .161, more than two times the legal limit, at the time of the crash.

Stewart was indicted on March 15.

Stewart
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2016/11/web1_brett-stewart.jpgStewart

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.