July 24, 2014

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Elyria man indicted in fatal Baumhart Road crash

Chris DeWitt

Chris DeWitt

ELYRIA — An Elyria man who authorities said was responsible for a fatal May traffic crash has been indicted.

Christopher DeWitt, 21, is charged with vehicular homicide, possession of marijuana, willful or wanton disregard of safety on highways and failure to maintain lanes of travel.

According to the Ohio Highway Patrol, DeWitt was headed south on Baumhart Road in Brownhelm Township on May 16, when the Ford F-350 pickup he was driving veered left of center.

The truck sideswiped a northbound 2001 Pontiac Grand Am driven by Brandon Danicki before crashing head-on into a 1994 Honda Civic driven by 28-year-old Dale Welty. The pickup then overturned, went off the side of the road and struck a guardrail.

Welty, a father of two, died from his injuries. DeWitt was treated and released. Danicki and a passenger in DeWitt’s truck were not injured.

Troopers reported finding marijuana at the scene in DeWitt’s lunchbox.

Welty’s family has sued DeWitt for negligence.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.

  • Jenn McKeto

    Hopefully justice will be served.

  • stop ur whining

    one terrible decision ruined a bunch of lives. hopefully people will learn from this, but i doubt it.

  • Bob Sweatt

    Why is this d-bag just now getting charged with this. It happened 7 months ago. I know the justice systems is slow, but geez..

  • Joe

    This is a young guy that made a mistake. He has to live with killing someone and the penalties that came with it. No need to be ignorant and disrespectful.

  • Bob Sweatt

    It wasn’t a Mistake. It was a choice. Just like any drunk driver. This kid made a choice to get high and drive. I am assume since they found pot in his lunch box. The fault, a person lost their live.

    • Bill

      I’m thinking that if they would have found THC in his system the charge would have been aggravated vehicular homicide which is a charge given when the accused is under the influence.

      • Bob Sweatt

        True. But like I said. I Assume he was high because they found pot in his truck.

        • Billy_boe

          Really??
          I often have alcohol in my truck.
          It’s how I get it to from the store to my home.
          But I never drive under the influence.

          • MZee

            ok. But is it open? Then it’s a crime.

        • Bob Sweatt

          Yeah. But it isn’t illegal to have UNOPENED beer in your truck. It is however illegal to have pot in your truck. This kid isn’t the angel you all think he is or are trying to convince us all he is.

          I commend you on not drinking and driving. I lost a very good friend because of someone driving impaired back in 1989. There is nothing like holding your dying friend in your arms.

          • Billy_boe

            Having pot in the truck is still irrelevant to his driving unless he was actually stoned at the time.
            If he was stoned, it should certainly add to the charges.
            Otherwise it’s a separate charge of simple possession.

          • Bob Sweatt

            irrelevant?? Ok then what cause the truck to go left of center on such a nice spring day??

  • tickmeoff

    How long does it take to approve a comment? What is wrong with Discus?

    • MZee

      the conspiracists are filtering you, LOL

  • Cletus C. Jones

    i feel like half the people driving motor vehicles in lorain county are high on something. Cannabis is the very least of my worries. There must’ve been many factors at play here (alcohol potentially one of them).