Man convicted in underage drinking crash that killed friend

A Hopewell-Loudon Local School photo of Wertz taken in 2010.

Kevin Wertz, now 22-years-old, has been convicted of vehicular homicide in the 2012 crash that killed one of his friends.

After a 3-day jury trial, the Seneca County resident was found guilty of a 1st degree misdemeanor, but not for felony aggravated vehicular homicide.

Two years ago, police alleged Wertz drank alcohol and got behind the wheel. Officials said Wertz was speeding and lost control of his vehicle on C.R. 58 near Township Road 71A.

20-year-old Rachel Pennington, 18-year-old Alexander Ratchen and 20-year-old Jacob Hohman were also in Wentz's vehicle when it overturned into a ditch, off the roadway.

Hohman was transported to a Toledo hospital, but later died from his injuries.

Wertz could received up to 180 days in jail, a $1,000 fine and a driver's license suspension for 1 to 5 years when he is sentenced.

His setencing is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 3.