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Driver charged with vehicular homicide

A Knoxville, Tenn., area man has been charged with two counts of vehicular homicide following an Aug. 3 crash on U.S. Route 68 north of Township Road 30 that killed two people.

 Matthew W.C. Gilman, 23, made his initial appearance in Bellefontaine Municipal Court on Monday morning, and entered not guilty pleas, Deputy Jeff Anspach of the Logan County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Also in court, he was issued the summonses for vehicular homicide, along with failure to control and passing on the right-hand side. He was assigned a court-appointed attorney.

The crash claimed the lives of two passengers in the defendant’s vehicle, Matthew B. Stewart, 19, of DeGraff, and Megan R. Smith, 19, of West Liberty.

At 1:35 p.m. Aug. 3, Mr. Gilman reportedly was operating a northbound vehicle that drove around the right side of another vehicle that was stopped for a left turn into a business, according to deputies of the Logan County Sheriff’s Office.

The Gilman vehicle then went into a ditch, overcorrected and crossed the centerline into the path of a southbound vehicle.

An investigation by the sheriff’s office revealed that speed was a factor in the crash.

“Our investigation has revealed that 70 mph is listed as a minimum speed,” Deputy Anspach said.

For further details, see Tuesday's Examiner.

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