UPDATE @ 10:37 p.m. (Oct. 6): Angel Rojas, on the run for more than a week when he was being sought as the driver in a crash that killed two of his friends, has pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated vehicular homicide that includes a specification for driving under suspension.
Sentencing is set for Oct. 28.
Rojas could receive a minimum of two years and a maximum of 16 years, Clark County Assistant Prosecutor Ryan Saunders said.
A charge of failing to stop at the scene of an accident was dismissed as part of a plea agreement, Saunders said.
UPDATE @ 9:48 p.m. (June 25):
Angel Rojas has pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and aggravated vehicular assault in the April 7 crash on Old Columbus Road that left two people dead and two people injured. Bond has been set at $250,000.
FIRST REPORT (June 23)
The Springfield man accused of causing a crash that killed two youths faces additional charges after an investigation found he allegedly was driving 70 to 80 mph.
A Clark County grand jury indicted Angel Rojas, 19, on Monday on two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and one count of aggravated vehicular assault. In addition, Rojas previously had been charged with four counts of failure to stop after an accident and driving under suspension.
Tristin K. Sherman, 18, a senior at Springfield High School, and Juan S. Compton, 21, were pronounced dead at the scene of the April 7 crash on Old Columbus Road.
An Ohio State Highway Patrol investigation found that the crash was likely caused by excessive speed.
“We have an estimated speed of between 70 and 80 mph. That’s based on just witness statements and evidence at the scene,” said Lt. Brian Aller of the Springfield post.
The speed limit is 40 mph in that section of Old Columbus Road.
The spare tire on the vehicle also could have contributed.
“It detracts from the performance of the tire. You don’t have as much tire on the roadway and plus going that speed, being wet, all those factors contributed to the crash itself,” Aller said.
Rojas has been accused of fleeing the scene after he lost control of a 1997 Nissan traveling west in the 3100 block of Old Columbus Road and crashed into a utility pole about 1:45 a.m. April 7.
He was arrested by state troopers and U.S. Marshals on April 19 after allegedly hiding from investigators for nearly two weeks.
Rojas told the Springfield News-Sun in an exclusive interview at the jail that he hid in stores and restaurant bathrooms for hours at a time.
Ashley N. Predmore, 18, and Devin B. Moore, 19, were also passengers in the car and survived the crash.
Moore was taken to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton for treatment of serious injuries, troopers said, and Predmore was treated at Springfield Regional Medical Center.
Rojas told the News-Sun after his arrest that he’s sorry about the crash and doesn’t know why he ran from the scene.
“It feels like a nightmare. I wish I could just wake up,” Rojas has said.