Vehicular homicide charge sought for New Carlisle man

74-year-old Butler Twp. woman dies in crash; husband in ICU.

Joshua P. Hackney, 30, will be in court today in connection with several misdemeanor offenses — including not having a valid driver’s license — stemming from a previous crash in Dayton, online Montgomery County Jail records show.

Kathleen Kidwell, a passenger in the other vehicle involved Monday, died as a result of the crash.

Hackney is suspected of being under the influence of drugs and speeding at 11:23 a.m. Monday on Frederick Pike near BeeJay Court in Harrison Twp., according to a traffic report from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Hackney also did not have a valid driver’s license when he veered a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu across the double yellow lines into the southbound lanes. Hackney, headed north, was traveling an estimated 55 mph in the 40 mph zone when he struck a 2004 Nissan Xterra driven by Robert Kidwell, 77, of Butler Twp., the traffic report stated.

Robert Kidwell on Thursday remained in the intensive care unit at Grandview Medical Center, where his wife, Kathleen, died Monday. Her cause of death was because of multiple trauma, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

Hackney was taken from the scene to Miami Valley Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and ordered to submit to a blood test for suspected drug impairment, the results of which are pending, according to the traffic report.

It will be up to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office to decide formal charges against Hackney, who has been jailed since Monday’s crash.

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