Charges expected to be filed in fatal crash

Springfield woman’s car collided with motorcyclist who died.


Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers continue to investigate but expect to file charges against a woman involved in a fatal crash that occurred on Bosart Road south of Moorefield Road last week.

Rosemary Dutton, 68, was heading northbound on Bosart and attempted to make a lefthand turn into a driveway Friday afternoon.

While making the turn, Dutton’s PT Cruiser collided with a motorcycle operated by 75-year-old Jerry Kunkle, who was riding his Harley Davidson.

Kunkle was transported by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital, where he had his left leg amputated and where he later was pronounced dead Saturday at 6:56 p.m.

The trooper on the scene, David Slanker, said, “She (Dutton) definitely failed to yield. That’s what caused the collision.”

Dutton could face charges ranging from a felony aggravated vehicular homicide to a misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter, according to Post Commander Lt. Matt Cleaveland.

If the investigation finds alcohol or drugs were involved in the crash, Dutton could face the felony charge, Cleaveland said. Troopers did not suspect drugs or alcohol were involved.

Dutton was issued a failure to yield ticket on the day of the crash.

If the investigation finds out Dutton was breaking other traffic laws and was being reckless, she could face vehicular homicide charges.

If Dutton is found negligent, she will most likely be charged with vehicular manslaughter, according to Cleaveland.

Troopers will finish the investigation and then work with the prosecutor to determine what charges will be filed.


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