PRESS RELEASE, 10/10/2012

Deters charges driver in March fatal accident on Wooster Pike

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters today has directed the Hamilton County Sheriff’s office to pursue misdemeanor criminal charges against Adam Horvath in the death of Collin Barton on March 18, 2012.

The investigation showed Horvath had fallen asleep and driven off the right side of the roadway where he struck Collin Barton.  Barton was walking on the unpaved berm when he was struck.

During the early morning hours of March 18, 2012, Mr. Barton was walking off the Wooster Pike Roadway when he was struck by a vehicle operated by Adam Horvath. On March 20, 2012, Mr. Barton’s body was discovered in a wooded area in the 8600 block of Wooster Pike. 

Horvath will be charged with Vehicular Manslaughter (2903.06 ORC) while committing a traffic violation (Failure to Drive in Marked Lanes). Vehicular Manslaughter is a Misdemeanor of the Second Degree which carries a jail term up to 90 days in the Justice Center and a $750.00 fine. It addition, it carries a class 6 drivers license suspension which can extend from 3 months to 2 years.

Additional investigative information has resulted in the pursuit of these charges at this time.