By Kristin Rover
Todd Shaw was indicted by the Clermont County Grand Jury March 20 for hitting and killing a cyclist on Round Bottom Road in Union Township Feb. 21.
Clermont County Prosecutor Vince Faris said Shaw was indicted on five counts including two aggravated vehicular homicide counts, one count of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs while operating a motor vehicle, one count of fleeing the scene, and one count of tampering with evidence.
Faris said the tampering with evidence and one aggravated vehicular homicide counts were added to the original charges.
He said the tampering with evidence count was related to Shaw fleeing the scene of the crash.
“It had to do with driving the van away from the scene and concealing it,” Faris said.
Faris said one of the aggravated vehicular homicide counts alleges that Shaw caused the death of another by being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a second-degree felony. He said the other count alleges that Shaw committed aggravated vehicular homicide while operating a vehicle recklessly.
Faris said Shaw could be convicted of both of the aggravated vehicular homicide counts, but only can be sentenced for one.
He said Shaw can be sentenced for each of the other counts.
Shaw was arrested by police who tracked down his yellow van after witnesses indicated he hit and killed Fredrick Carey, 51, of Milford, who was riding his bicycle on Round Bottom Road in Union Township Feb. 21.
According to Lieutenant Scott Gaviglia, operations commander at the Union Township Police Department, police responded to the hit-and-run incident near 473 Round Bottom Road at approximately 6:25 p.m. Feb. 21.
Carey was pronounced dead, and the suspect had fled the scene.
Union Township Sergeant Rick Wagner, who responded to the scene, said the cyclist was rear-ended by the driver of the vehicle.
It was determined that Carey was operating his bicycle in a legal manner on the road, and Wanger said two people witnessed the crash.
Gaviglia said police canvassed the area in search of the suspect and checked local liquor permit holders. Witnesses said the suspect was driving a large, yellow van and headed west on Round Bottom Road.
Wagner said after searching for several hours they located the suspect.
Shaw was arrested and transported to Clermont County Jail after police located his vehicle at 12:15 a.m. Feb. 22 in the 4500 block of Dameron Lane.
Gaviglia said investigators determined that alcohol was a factor in the crash.
Shaw remains in Clermont County Jail on a $500,000 bond.
He is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing at 8 a.m. April 15 in front of Judge Jerry McBride.