Driver to be charged with leaving scene of April fatal pedestrian crash
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:22:01 GMT —
The father of a Swanton woman who died after she was hit by a car while walking her dogs says he's disappointed with the single indictment returned by a Fulton County Grand Jury this week.
On Tuesday, a one count indictment of "failure to stop after an accident" was filed against 20-year-old Rebecca Yarberry in Fulton County Common Pleas Court.
The indictment stems from an April 9 pedestrian accident in Swanton that lead to the death of 30-year-old Haylee Brandt.
Tom Brandt, Haylee's father, told NBC24 he'd hoped in the four-and-a-half months since the accident that someone would be held accountable for his daughter's death.
"I am disappointed," Brandt said. "There are no charges related to the fact [Yarberry] hit my daughter."
Mr. Brandt did not take issue with the length of the investigation and told NBC24 that the Fulton County Prosecutor's Office spoke to him several times during the investigation.
A charge of failure to stop after an accident, a 3rd degree felony, could send Yarberry to prison for up to three years if she's convicted.
According to an Ohio State Highway Patrol accident report, Yarberry was driving Northbound on State Route 64 when she hit Brandt around 8 p.m. on April 9.
Investigators say Yarberry then fled the scene, though she did later turn herself in to Swanton Police claiming she'd hit a mailbox.
Photos taken during OSHP's investigation show heavy damage to the right windshield of Yarberry's black Ford Focus. In the OSHP report, damage was also documented on the right front bumper, hood and rear door of Yarberry's vehicle.
Officials say that Yarberry answered only one question, after being advised of her Miranda rights, before refusing to give any more information to police until she could speak to an attorney.
Trooper Mattison asked Yarberry "What was your day like today?" The 20-year-old responded, "Got up at 10:45 a.m., dropped my boyfriend off at work, then went home around 1 p.m. I got gas 1:15-1:20. I took my dog for a walk around UT's campus."
Brandt, who had just gotten engaged a few months before the accident, died at Mercy St. Vincent's Medical Center on April 11.
According to Brandt's father, only Haylee's smaller dog was injured in the collision but did survive the serious injuries it suffered.