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North Canton Man Suspected in Plain Township Fatal Hit-and-Run

Sheriff's officials say Paul A. Newton, 48, of North Canton, ran from the scene of a fatal crash at Easton Street and Pine Tree Avenue

Stark County Sheriff's officials arrested a North Canton man suspected of causing a fatal crash in Plain Township Monday night. 

Paul A. Newton, 48, of North Canton, was arrested and charged with operating a vehicle under the influence, reckless operation and a headlight violation. Those charges came before officials learned of the death of Sondra L. Oldfield, 71, of Canton.

Here's the account sheriff's officials give of the 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. Monday. 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 this morning.

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

Check back with North Canton Patch for more updates to this breaking news story.

Craig A. Wolf July 04, 2012 at 07:15 PM
What a loser!!! 6 previous DUI charges and still able to get behind the wheel!!! Society has let yet another family down. My prayers go out to all the family members who are crushed by this senseless and tragic loss of a loved one
Gregg Nelson July 04, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Makes me sick. This guy should have been in prison after 6 DUI covictions not out on the streets.
Patricia Edwards July 05, 2012 at 12:39 AM
The Judges are to blame for leaving people with 6 DUI's out on the streets. I wish families could go after the judges. Wouldn't that be great. (Dream on)
Lola Anderson July 09, 2012 at 02:22 PM
This Man is no monster. This is a man who made a horrible mistake and will by haunted by this mistake forever. It effected many families for the worst. But when he was donating money to north canton city schools he was loved by all. So before you judge... Have you ever drove drunk? Statistics show the majority of people have
A July 17, 2012 at 07:52 PM
are you kidding me??!!! He has been convited 6 times for DUI.....you would think he would learn his lesson sooner or later...to bad it took killing a person to learn it, if he even learned a lesson??!! As to donating money to schools, who cares!
brittni July 19, 2012 at 01:34 AM
i love how this person has the nerve to say hes not a monster!!!! He is a MONSTER he has 6 CHARGES not one...SIX!!!! and thats the only ones we know of because he got caught.. how many other times has he drove drunk...and yesss he did make a horrible mistake over and over and over again you would think he would learn after the first time but he didnt he knew what could happen but he didnt care because if he did care he wouldnt of done it one time let alone 6+ and this time hes gonna get what he deserves and that is to rot in jail... because this time he has killed someone and that someone was my grandma and best friend and because of him i lost her.. and no amount of im sorrys or by saying he made a mistake will ever bring her back
George August 25, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Give me a break 99% of society has driven drunk it could have happened to anyone!'my heart breaks for all sides!
George August 25, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Lesson be learned after research the man has not had a DUI in 10 years it's not like it was one after another. I by np means am defending this man I am just saying he's not as bad as the news makes him out to be!

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