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Published: Friday, 10/22/2004

Toledo man indicted for fatal State Rt. 2 crash

A Toledo man involved in a fatal car crash that killed six people June 21 on State Rt. 2 has been indicted by an Ottawa County grand jury for 12 counts of aggravated vehicular homicide.

Brian J. Woody, 29, 1310 Camden St., is scheduled to make an initial appearance at 3:45 p.m. today in Ottawa County Common Pleas Court.

Police said Mr. Woody s Chevy Blazer swerved and struck a tractor- trailer rig on a two-lane stretch of the highway that initiated a four-vehicle collision. He had a blood-alcohol content of 0.025 percent after the accident, based on a report by the Ohio Highway Patrol. The legal driving limit in Ohio is 0.08 percent.

Mr. Woody also is charged with two counts of aggravated vehicular assault and one count of attempting to leave the scene of an accident.

Mr. Woody, who was tested for drugs and alcohol in St. Charles Mercy Hospital after the crash, admitted to drinking two seven-dollar beers at Cedar Point before 2 p.m., police said. Investigators found nine full, unopened cans of beer in the wreckage of the Chevy Blazer, but no empty cans.

The fatal collision just before midnight June 21 killed two adults and four children headed toward Detroit after a day at the Cedar Point amusement park.

According to witnesses at the scene, Mr. Woody s west-bound Blazer veered across the center line, striking an eastbound tractor-trailer rig with its front left corner.

This in turn caused the semi to spin and clip a Toyota Corolla in the left rear before smashing into a Cadillac Escalade head-on, killing six of the SUV s seven occupants.

Killed in the crash were Darryl K. Scott, 44, of Detroit; his girlfriend Shannon Scott, 24, of Romulus, Mich.; and his niece Ariel Scott, 12, of Detroit. Sisters Alexis Howard, 9, and Alecia Howard, 7, of Eastpointe, Mich.; and Shannon Scott s niece, Amber Channey, 6, of Ypsilanti, Mich., were also killed.

One passenger, Brandi Scott, 13, of Sterling Heights, Mich., survived but had serious injuries.

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