Homicide Charge Over Hit-And-Run
By: Erez Kanaan, Tow Squad News. Published on: Subscribe in a reader
Driver Extremely Intoxicated, Police Say
COLUMBUS, Ohio – An Ohio man will now face an aggravated vehicular homicide charge after fleeing an accident scene that claimed the life of a towing operator. A Franklin County grand jury also handed up charges of failure to stop after an accident and tampering with evidence.
William Houck, 60, was struck and killed on Sept. 29 while hooking up a stalled vehicle on Interstate 70 in Columbus.
The driver, Thomas Frederick, allegedly fled the scene without seeking medical attention for Houck.
“Whatever he gets, it’s not going to bring my brother back,” says Houck’s sister, Brenda Richards. “But it’ll be justice for the whole family.”
Houck’s family says that he himself had struggled for years with alcohol dependency, and as such always worked to help others still suffering.
According to the indictment, Frederick’s blood-alcohol content was three times the legal limit in Ohio. If convicted, he could face over 15 years in prison.
Want to share your own story?
or call 888-603-2599.
- Like texting-while-driving, on-board computer systems can represent a dangerous distraction from the road.
- The widespread use of camera phones can inflate a single incident, and unfairly paint the reputation of an entire business.
- An annual gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts in St. Louis ensnared local police this week, resulting ultimately in two deaths, dozens of arrests and nearly ninety bikes towed.
- Tow owner in Penn. is suing local police chief, claiming his company has been denied tow work despite contract
- Towing companies could be facing new local guidelines from OH Supreme Court decision...