LORAIN, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio man who recorded grisly cellphone video of a car crash that killed one teenager and critically injured another has pleaded guilty to vehicle trespass and disorderly conduct.
The charges stem from Paul Pelton having opened a car door of the wrecked vehicle to continue recording while others tried to help the two teens. Police said Pelton can be heard on the video calling the teens “idiots.”
The 41-one-year-old’s plea deal on Tuesday in Lorain includes the dismissal of felony bribery and witness intimidation charges. Pelton was accused of trying to persuade the teenage driver to tell police he had permission to open the car door after the single-car accident in July.
One of Pelton’s attorneys declined to comment on Wednesday.