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Bond set at $1M for suspect in fatal turnpike crash

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Andrew Gans makes his first appearance in Sandusky County Court before Judge John P. Kolesar, right, via a video connection to the county jail.

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CLYDE, Ohio -- Bond was set at $1 million today for the suspect in a fatal crash on the Ohio Turnpike Thanksgiving night that killed an elderly Toledo couple.

Andrew Gans, 24, of Kent, Ohio, was arraigned via video in Sandusky County Court District 1 in Clyde on two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and bond was set at $500,000 on each count. Mr. Gans will remain in the Sandusky County jail until a preliminary hearing Dec. 17 at a county court.

Mr. Gans declined to make a statement when Judge John Kolesar, who presided at the hearing, asked him whether he wanted to make one.

Terrence Rudes, an attorney who represented Mr. Gans in court, said the suspect has no siblings and both parents are deceased.

Two family members of the victims, Wilbur and Margaret McCoy, were in the courtroom but declined comment.

The McCoys' minivan was westbound on the turnpike at 7:19 p.m. when it was struck from behind by a vehicle moving more than 125 miles per hour, officials said. The crash occurred in Sandusky County's Rice Township, about three miles west of the turnpike's State Rt. 53 interchange for Fremont.

Clyde is about 40 miles southeast of Toledo

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