Driver in fatal June Champaign Co. crash pleads not guilty

Matthew King, 21, of West Liberty, was arraigned this morning by video from the Tri-County Jail.

King pleaded not guilty and his bond was set at $20,000.

If King posts bond, he will have no driving privileges, must wear an ankle bracelet and cannot consume alcohol, according to officials.

King will next appear in court on April 19, 2016.


The driver of a car in a June crash that killed a 2015 Mechanicsburg High School graduate is due in court this morning.

Matthew King, 21, was indicted on two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, two counts of aggravated vehicular assault, two counts of vehicular assault and one count of driving under the influence. He is being held without bond in the Tri-County Jail, online jail records show.

King, of West Liberty, was headed west early June 14, 2015, when he went off the roadway and struck an embankment at Ohio 296 and Upper Valley Pike in Salem Twp., Champaign County, according to deputies. He and his two passengers were ejected. Mackenzee Hartley, 18, of Mechanicsburg, died in the crash. King and then Mayci Powell of Mechanicsburg, who was 17 at the time of the crash, were both seriously injured.

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