Miami Twp. man faces vehicular homicide charge in death of pedestrian in 2021

A warrant was issued this week for a Miami Twp. pickup truck driver accused of hitting and killing a man on a sidewalk in December while driving impaired.

William P. Tracey, 51, is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 8 in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court after he was indicted Wednesday for aggravated vehicular homicide and four misdemeanor counts of operating a vehicle while under the influence.

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Kevin Jay Wakefield, 62, was fatally struck Dec. 14, 2021, in the Oakwood Village manufactured home community, where both men lived.

Tracey was driving a red Ford F-150 south on Crimson when he hit Wakefield while he was on the sidewalk near his home. The pickup truck continued into a driveway before stopping, throwing Wakefield into the skirting of his own home in the 11000 block of Crimson, according to a Miami Twp. Police Department crash report.

Tracey allegedly had marijuana, amphetamine and methamphetamine in his system, according to the crash report.

Medics took Wakefield to Kettering Health, where he died, the report said. He was survived by his wife, two children and one grandson, according to his obituary.

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