WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Thursday, a driver is facing vehicular homicide charges after hitting and killing a biker.
The accident happened at the intersection of Alex Bell Road and Kimberly Lane in West Carrollton at about 9:30p.m. Wednesday night.
2 NEWS was the first to bring you those identities.
Russell Terrell Jr., 42, was taken to Kettering Medical Center and later pronounced dead.
West Carrollton Police Department said 36-year-old Brent Barger is responsible.
2NEWS did some digging and found Barger has a history of traffic violations.
Officials say said Barger cut in front of Terrell Jr.’s motorcycle.
The man wasn’t wearing a helmet and the impact threw him from his bike, killing him.
As more motorcyclist take on the road, officials are sending a message, “The best word of warning or caution I can give is just drive defensively, you know, try to put yourself in the other person’s shoes and be alert for your surroundings, always be cognizant of the traffic, people pulling out in front of you or possibilities anywhere even in good weather like this,” Chief Doug Woodard.
2NEWS dug deeper into the driver’s history and what we found shows several offenses.
Barger has been cited for speeding, assured clear distance and violations for his turning signals and not wearing a seatbelt.
The 36-year-old has also been in trouble with the law, back in 1996 he was charged for disorderly conduct in Eaton and later in 2003 he was charged for possession of marijuana, which was later dismissed.
Police said people must be on the lookout for drivers.
However, in some good news, Ohio High State Patrol figures show that accidents like these are diminishing.
This year, there have been 3 motorcycle accidents in Montgomery County, half that of last year’s.
“We’ve reduced fatalities in the County right now by 18 compared to this time last year, that can be credited to motorist out there driving and law enforcement and the public in general,” said Lt. Mark Nicohls with the OSHP.
2NEWS’ Beairshelle Edmé did reach out to the police department to learn why Barger is charged with vehicular homicide.
They said the investigation is pending.
Officials are awaiting the results of a toxicology report.