Dayton man faces new charges in fatal crash

A Dayton man was indicted on additional charges in connection to a deadly March 2019 traffic accident.

Joshua Sams, 31, was indicted previously on several charges, including aggravated vehicular assault, vehicular assault, possession of drugs, and operating a vehicle while under the influence of heroin metabolite, methamphetamine and amphetamine.

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The woman involved in the traffic accident with Sams, 65-year-old Virginia Steinhauser, of Brookville, died in February of complications related to the crash, the prosecutor’s office said. Sams is now charged with aggravated vehicular homicide.

“This defendant was driving even though his license was under multiple suspensions,” Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. said. “In addition, he was under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash. He caused the senseless and preventable death of the victim by his reckless and irresponsible actions.”

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On Sunday, March 31, 2019, Sams was driving on Westbrook Road in Perry Township when witnesses say he was swerving and crossed the center line several times. Near the intersection with Wellbaum Road, the prosecutors say, Sams’ vehicle crossed the center line and hit Steinhauser head‐on.

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