Woman found guilty of multiple charges in 2016 fatal Greene County crash

Kathy Smith

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Kathy Smith

UPDATE @ 4:56 p.m. (Jan 31) 

Kathy Smith was found guilty of aggravated vehicular homicide and aggravated vehicular assault. She faces a maximum penalty on those two charges of 13 years in prison, according to Cheri Stout, Greene County assistant prosecutor.

Judge Stephen Wolaver allowed Smith to remain out on bond pending her sentencing, a date for which has not been set.

FIRST REPORT: 

Jury selection started today in Greene County Common Pleas Court in the trial of a woman accused of causing a fatal crash more than two years ago, allegedly while under the influence of alcohol.

Kathy Smith, 65, of Xenia Twp., is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, a second-degree felony, aggravated vehicular assault, a third-degree felony, and operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, a first-degree misdemeanor.

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The charges stem from a crash that happened the afternoon of Aug. 27, 2016, that took the life of 68-year-old Raymond Deyo, of Bowersville. Smith was driving a 2011 Chevy Cruze west on Hussey Road when her vehicle went left-of-center and struck an oncoming 2004 Toyota Tundra driven by Deyo, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Smith was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries, as was Deyo’s passenger, 66-year-old Linda Deyo, according to the patrol.

Smith’s blood-alcohol level was .343, more than three times the legal limit in Ohio, according to the patrol.

According to Xenia Municipal Court records, Smith has a prior conviction for OVI from a traffic stop in May 2013.

This news organization will update this story as more information becomes available.

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