Man indicted on felonies in connection to fatal Springfield crash

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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.

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A man has been indicted in connection to a fatal Springfield crash.

Lawrence Konicki, 31, was indicted in Clark County Common Pleas Court on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault and operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. A next court date in the case has not been set.

According to court records, the aggravated vehicular homicide charge is a first-degree felony and the aggravated vehicular assault is a felony in the second degree. The operating a vehicle charge is listed as a first-degree misdemeanor.

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Konicki is not in custody and a warrant for his arrest has not been issued at this time, according to court records.

Springfield police began their investigation on Oct. 15 when they responded to a 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 crash.

Court documents obtained by the Springfield News-Sun revealed what law enforcement said led up to the accident. In the hours before the crash Campbell, Konicki and another man had been at several bars in Springfield, according to an affidavit filed in Clark County Municipal Court.

Video surveillance from a local bar shows the three arguing in the parking lot about who should be driving, police said.

“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 said Konicki got behind the wheel. An investigation into the crash revealed that right before the fatal impact, Konicki was 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.

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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 when police arrived — 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. Konicki was combative at the hospital and at one point had to be given a medication to calm down before he was transferred to Miami Valley Hospital, according to the affidavit.

Eventual test results show that Konicki “had an alcohol content of .27 and had an unconfirmed positive for Cannabinoids,” according to court documents.

The legal driving limit in Ohio is .08.

A message seeking comment sent to Konicki’s attorney, Samuel Petroff, wasn’t immediately returned .

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