Man faces vehicular homicide charges after woman dies of injuries in 2019 crash

Joshua Owen Sams MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL
Joshua Owen Sams MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL

A 31-year-old man faces more serious charges after a Brookville woman died nearly a year after she was injured in a head-on crash in Perry Twp.

Joshua Owen Sams was indicted Friday for two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide following the Feb. 14 death of Virginia Jean Steinhauser, 66.

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The charges are in connection to the 8:30 p.m. March 31 crash on Westbrook Road just past Wellbaum Road that caused serious injuries to then 65-year-old Steinhauser, according to court documents and a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office crash report.

Sams, of Dayton, was headed west on Westbrook Road when the silver 2002 Pontiac Grand Am he was driving went left of center and into the path of Steinhauser’s silver 2009 Toyota Corolla headed in the opposite direction.

Sams was indicted July 30 for aggravated vehicular assault; vehicular assault; aggravated possession of drugs; possession of drugs; and four misdemeanor counts of operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs, according to a Montgomery County grand jury report.

He has been in the Montgomery County Jail since his Aug. 6 arrest and is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on the additional charges.

“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.”

Steinhauser grew up in Hamilton, where she graduated from Stephen T. Badin High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Miami University and achieved a master’s of divinity and a doctorate in ministry from the Chicago Theological Seminary. She served as director of campus ministry at Sinclair Community College in Dayton for 35 years and as diocesan director for campus ministry in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati for 24 years, according to her obituary.

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