Franklin youth released from detention, placed on house arrest

A 14-year-old Franklin boy, the driver in a three-vehicle crash on East Second Street in early January, was released from the Warren County Juvenile Detention Center Wednesday and placed on house arrest with GPS monitoring.

He was released following a pre-trial hearing Wednesday morning where one of the four charges, reckless operation, was dismissed by the prosecutor. He’s facing charges of delinquency by way of aggravated vehicular assault, a third-degree felony; unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and for no operator’s license, first-degree misdemeanors.

The teen has previously entered denials to all of the alleged offenses.

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The court also approved a motion by the teen’s attorney to have a urine sample sent to the lab for an alcohol screening.

The teen’s next pre-trial hearing date was set for 9 a.m. Feb. 14.

Franklin police said that at about 3 p.m. Jan. 4, the boy was driving a Toyota Camry westbound on East Second Street, failed to maintain reasonable control and struck a Mercedes work van, also headed west. The teen’s vehicle then hit an Isuzu Rodeo SUV, seriously injuring the female driver as she was trying to turn right into Lee’s Famous Recipe. Police said one of the vehicles spun and struck a power pole in front of Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken, 1031 E. Second St. The report said that unsafe speed and failure to control were contributing factors in the crash.

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Three passengers — a 15-year-old girl, a 14-year-old girl, and a 15-year-old boy in the Toyota — were taken to Kettering/Franklin Emergency Room with minor injuries, authorities said.

Crystal L. Schwall, 37, of Springboro was taken to Atrium Medical Center, suffering from serious injuries. There was no information available from the hospital, according to officials.

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