PRESS RELEASE, 2/14/2014

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces indictment in January 16th aggravated vehicular homicide and aggravated vehicular assault

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Ryan Matthew Culver (DOB 9-17-90) in the January 16th Aggravated Vehicular Homicide of Monisa Barnes and the Aggravated Vehicular Assault of a juvenile pedestrian.  Culver is charged with 2 counts of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide (Felony 3 and Felony 2), 1 count of Aggravated Vehicular Assault (Felony 3) and 1 count of Vehicular Assault (Felony 4).  If convicted of all charges, he faces the possibility of 13 years in prison on the most serious charges and a life-time Ohio driver’s license suspension. 

Culver is charged with driving a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am on January 16th at approximately 3:00 p.m. at the intersection of Glenwood and Vine Streets in North Avondale.  His vehicle struck both the pedestrians as they were standing on the sidewalk.  His estimated speed was approximately 67 miles per hour in a posted 35 mile per hour zone. This area is a residential area.   He is also charged with being under the influence of alcohol and /or drugs at the time of the incident. 

When the Cincinnati Police and other first responders arrived at the scene, they discovered Culver in the driver’s seat non-responsive.

Monisa Barnes was transported to University Hospital where she died within 24 hours from the injuries she sustained when struck by Culver’s vehicle.  The juvenile pedestrian was seriously injured but survived and is now out of the hospital.  

Culver was arrested on January 25th in Covington, Kentucky and is currently being held in the Kenton County Detention Center.  His is being held there pending extradition.  Kenton County officials will be notified of today’s indictment.

Prosecutor Deters commented, “This is a senseless tragedy. An innocent person is dead and another innocent person is seriously injured.  The reason for this is inexcusable.  As soon as the defendant is extradited back to Ohio, we will attempt to bring some form of justice to these victims.”