Troy man sentenced in ‘15 crash that killed mother

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Troy man sentenced in '15 crash that killed mother

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

A Troy man was sentenced to four years in prison in a 2015 fatal crash in Vandalia.

Scott Gray, 37, killed Melissa Carlson, also 37, a mother of four, in a crash July 11, 2015 on South Dixie Drive near Crestview Drive in Vandalia. She died from her injuries in September of that year.

Carlson was a passenger in a vehicle struck by Gray’s vehicle. Gray then fled the scene on foot, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

The fatal victim, as well as her husband, the driver, and two other passengers were all hospitalized.

Gray later turned himself into authorities.

Prosecutor Mat Heck said in a release that Gray’s vehicle’s event data recorder showed the defendant’s vehicle was traveling 101 mph five seconds before the crash, and 76 mph one second before the crash in a zone marked 35 mph.

Gray also did not have a valid driver’s license.

Gray was found guilty of vehicular homicide and three counts of failure to stop after an accident.

Gray was also ordered to pay $8,625 in restitution and had his driver’s license suspended for nine years.

“This defendant’s negligence and poor judgment took the life of a mother of four school-age children, forever altering the lives of many people,” Heck said in a release. “Appropriately, he will be locked up for the next four years and will not be eligible for any early release.”