Westerville man charged with aggravated vehicular homicide for 2016 crash


By Glenn Battishill - gbattishill@aimmedianetwork.com



A Westerville man was indicted by a Delaware County grand jury Friday and charged with aggravated vehicular homicide for allegedly causing a fatal crash in December 2016.

Scott Michael Wilson, 37, was indicted on one count of aggravated vehicular homicide, a second-degree felony. The indictment states that on Dec. 14, 2016, Wilson was involved in a crash that killed Charles R. Whipkey, 37, of Columbus.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol crash report, on Dec. 14 Wilson was driving himself and two passengers, Whipkey and Joshua D. Blevins, 36, of Delaware, in his 2006 Audi A8 northbound on U.S. 42. The report states Wilson failed to negotiate a curve and drove off the east side of the road striking a traffic sign, a tree, and a fence.

Whipkey was pronounced deceased at the crash scene and Wilson and Blevins were transported via medflight to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center with critical injuries.

Troopers report Wilson’s blood-alcohol content was .110, more than Ohio’s legal limit of .08, when the crash occurred.

Blevins was interviewed by troopers on March 20 and told them that he had been out drinking with Wilson and Blevins on the evening of Dec. 13 and said Wilson was driving them home when the crash occurred. Blevins said the last thing he remembered was his girlfriend leaving the bar and then waking up in a hospital bed.

A summons to appear in court has been issued to Wilson, but an arraignment in Delaware County Common Pleas Court has not yet been scheduled. Court records indicate that Delaware County Common Pleas Judge David Gormley will preside over the case.

According to the Ohio Revised Code, the prison term for a second-degree felony is between two and eight years.

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.