Springfield police say a man’s blood alcohol content was over three times the legal limit when he drove off the side of Lagonda Avenue and hit a pole last week — killing one of the passengers inside the car with him.
Lawrence Konicki, 31, was charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and aggravated vehicular assault as well as traffic charges in connection with the Oct. 15 crash near the intersection of Mitchell Boulevard and Lagonda Avenue.
The mother of Konicki’s child, 35-year-old Amanda Campbell, of Huber Heights, died as a result of the accident.
The utility pole that the car crashed into is now covered with flowers, pictures and stuffed animals in Campbell’s memory.
New court documents obtained by the Springfield News-Sun revealed what led up to the accident.
An affidavit filed in Clark County Municipal Court says in the hours before the crash Campbell, Konicki and another man had been at several bars in Springfield.
Police say video surveillance from a local bar shows the three arguing in the parking lot about who should be driving.
“Mr. Konicki gets into the driver’s seat,” the affidavit says. “Ms. Campbell is upset by this and keeps telling him no.”
Despite her persistence, police say Konicki gets behind the wheel.
An investigation into the crash revealed that right before the fatal impact, Konicki is driving 63 mph down Mitchell Blvd. — which is a 35 mph zone, turning into a 25 mph restriction once a driver crosses Belmont Avenue, according to the affidavit.
Court documents say the silver Chevrolet Impala traveled off the left side of the road and hit a utility pole.
Campbell was riding in the front seat of the car and died at the scene. The back seat passenger was lying on the ground about 10 to 15 feet from the accident — although he was coherent and able to talk with officers about his account of what happened.
He and Konicki were both taken to the hospital.
The affidavit filed in Konicki’s case shows him to be combative at the hospital — at one point officers say that he had to be given a medication to calm down before he was transferred to Miami Valley Hospital.
Eventual test results show that Konicki “had an alcohol content of .27 and had an unconfirmed positive for Cannabinoids.” The legal driving limit in Ohio is .08.
On Monday, Konicki’s attorney Sam Petroff entered not guilty pleas for his client on all charges.
Konicki had visible injuries on his hands and appeared to be limping during his arraignment.
Judge Stephen Schumaker set Konicki’s bond at $21,000. He was no longer listed in custody at the Clark County Jail as of Monday evening.
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