More than three months after the wrong-way crash on Interstate 675 that killed a Wright State University student, charges have been filed against the at-fault driver, a civilian employee on the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
A grand jury on Tuesday indicted Ronald Myer, 53, of Centerville, on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and operating a vehicle while intoxicated, said Greene County Prosecutor Stephen Haller.
A closed-door hearing was held Tuesday afternoon in the courtroom chambers of Judge Michael Buckwalter at the Greene County Courthouse in Xenia. The hearing was to determine whether a warrant for Myer’s arrest or a summons to appear in court would be issued.
The charges come following the crash that shut down I-675 North for hours in Beavercreek on the night of June 21.
On the night of the crash, Myer was traveling the wrong way on the Ohio 844 ramp and entered I-675 North, police said. The 2004 Jaguar X Type that he was driving collided head-on with a 2002 Acura driven by 23-year-old Paige Patrick.
Patrick was in her third year studying art history and religion at WSU. A 2013 Vandalia Butler High School graduate, Patrick worked at a T-Mobile store and was an ordained minister.
According to social media profiles, Myer worked for the Air Force Financial Systems Office at WPAFB. He attended WSU’s graduate school and studied accounting, finance and business management at Husson University, a private school in Bangor, Maine.
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About three weeks after the crash, Beavercreek police told this news organization that alcohol was a suspected factor in the crash, but more investigation was necessary before it could be presented to the prosecutor’s office.
When the report was given to the prosecutor’s office in late July, Haller asked the public for help in providing more details about Myer’s activities in the hours prior to the crash.
On Sept. 18, prosecutors presented the evidence investigators had gathered in the case to the grand jury.
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