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Published: Thursday, 12/7/2006

Toledo man charged with homicide in fatal accident

OAK HARBOR, Ohio - A Toledo man has been charged with vehicular homicide and assault for a September accident here that killed an Oak Harbor man, the Ohio Highway Patrol said.

Roger Newman II, 24, has been charged with two counts each of aggravated vehicular homicide and aggravated vehicular assault, as well as misdemeanor drug charges after toxicology test results revealed that Mr. Newman tested positive for cocaine, troopers at the patrol's Sandusky post said.

Roger W. Rhodes, 70, was killed Sept. 22 in the two-vehicle crash at State Rt. 163 and State Rt. 590.

Mr. Newman was northbound on Route 590 when he failed to stop at a stop sign and hit Mr. Rhodes' sport utility vehicle, which was westbound on Route 163, troopers said.

Both vehicles went off the northwest corner of the intersection. Mr. Rhodes' vehicle overturned and came to rest upright; Mr. Newman's sport utility vehicle hit a tree. Mr. Rhodes was pronounced dead at the scene, troopers said.

Charlie R. Matthews, 50, of Jerusalem Township, and Jeffrey Rose, Jr., 21, of Toledo, both passengers in Mr. Newman's vehicle, also were hurt in the crash.

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