No charges yet for driver in fatal pedestrian crash

Defense lawyer objects to client being held in jail.

Aaron T. Johnson had his probation revocation hearing again continued for one week Wednesday. Johnson has been held in jail for three weeks on a probation violation from a charge of possession of heroin of more than one gram but less than five grams.

An Ohio State Highway Patrol crash report named Johnson as the driver in the July 24 police-involved chase in which his vehicle swerved onto a sidewalk and killed Agyasi Ector in Trotwood.

Montgomery County Sheriff’s officials wanted to question Johnson in connection with a drug investigation when they say he rammed two police vehicles and fled to Trotwood, where the chase restarted before ending near Lowe’s on Shiloh Springs Road.

“My understanding is that charges have not even been presented to the prosecutors office yet,” said Michael Pentecost, Johnson’s attorney. “If they were somewhere in the pipeline, they’d already been charged or presented to their office and approved, it would be one thing.”

Trotwood police Capt. John Porter said his office is still waiting for reports and lab results from partner agencies and that he hopes “to be able to present charges to prosecutor’s office in the very near future.”

Trotwood police have not released the incident report or narrative from their portion of the events. The sheriff’s office has declined all comment and referred media to Trotwood police.

“I’m going to grant a week’s continuance in the interest of justice. I think it’s the thing to do,” Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Dennis Adkins said. “I expect the prosecutor to give me some specifics by next week in regards to the new case.”

Pentecost said: “He should not be held indefinitely while they’re doing an investigation.”

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