Ricardo Perez is arraigned in Clark County Municipal Court Thursday.

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A Springfield man was arraigned Thursday morning in Clark County Municipal Court on charges stemming from a crash that left two people injured.

Ricardo Perez, 30, pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated vehicular assault and three misdemeanor charges, court records show. He was given a total bond of $13,000.

Officers were told by dispatch around 11 a.m. Sunday that a Dodge Grand Caravan, driven by Perez, was traveling north on South Yellow Springs Street while speeding and passing cars going about 70 miles per hour, according to an affidavit filed in the case.

Dispatch told officers a witness was following behind Perez when he came to the intersection of South Yellow Springs and West Pleasant streets because he had struck his vehicle and fled the scene, the affidavit says.

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“While on the phone with dispatch, (the witness) observed the Caravan run the red light and strike another vehicle,” the affidavit says. “(The witness) then told them a female was ejected out of one of the vehicles and was laying in the middle of the roadway. (The witness) stated a utility pole was struck as well and that wires were all over the road.”

Ricardo Perez is arraigned in Clark County Municipal Court with the help of an interpreter Thursday. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
Photo: Staff Writer

When crews arrived, they saw the downed wires, a woman”with significant injuries” laying in the street, and two men trapped inside the Caravan, the affidavit says.

The woman, identified as Angel Coy, 42, was taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center then later taken by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital in life-threatening condition.

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The passenger in the Caravan, identified as Onesimo Perez Morales, 23, was taken to SRMC and then later taken by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital in life-threatening condition. Perez was taken to SRMC in non-life threatening condition.

While investigating the crash, officers noticed at least five empty beer bottles laying under and inside the Caravan, the affidavit says.

Perez was charged with two counts of aggravated vehicular assault, red light violation, no driver’s license and operating a vehicle while under the influence, the affidavit says.

As of Thursday, Perez was listed in the Clark County Jail.

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