Driver Indicted in Fatal Plain Township Crash

A Stark County grand jury issued an indictment for Paul A. Newton, 48, of North Canton. He's accused of causing the crash that killed 71-year-old Sondra L. Oldfield of Canton.

The driver in a Plain Township has been indicted by a Stark County grand jury.

Paul A. Newton, 48, of North Canton, is charged with two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, first- and second-degree felonies; driving under suspension, a first-degree misdemeanor; failure to stop after an accident, a third-degree felony; and operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse or a combination of them, a third-degree felony, with repeat-offender specification.

The indictment was issued Tuesday, according to Stark County court records.

Here's the account sheriff's officials give of the July 2 crash:

Newton was speeding while traveling west on Easton Street in a 2000 Ford F-650 truck with no headlights on just after 9:30 p.m. that day. He hit the left side of Oldfield's 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix, which was turning westbound on Easton Street from Pine Tree Avenue.

The collision caused both cars to stop on Easton Street facing northbound.

The Stark County Sheriff's Office and Plain Township Fire Department responded to the crash. Witnesses directed deputies as Newton ran from the scene.

Deputies caught up and arrested Newton, who was then taken to Aultman Hospital for injuries.

Fire officials had to extricate Oldfield from her car. She was taken to Mercy Medical Center, where she died early the next morning.

Oldfield's passenger, Elyjah D. Gourick, 6, of Canton, was also taken to Mercy Medical Center. Both were wearing their seatbelts.

Officials say Newton has six prior convictions for drunken driving.


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