Columbus man indicted for aggravated vehicular homicide in fatal March crash

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) — A Columbus man has been indicted for aggravated vehicular homicide after a 64-year-old man was killed in a crash on Georgesville Road at West Broad Street in March.

The Franklin County Grand Jury returned the indictment against Jhuante Daniel Burton, 35, in connection to the March 20 crash that killed Steven R. Waits, 64, according to a news release from Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien.

Burton is indicted for two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and one count of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse or a combination of them.

“This man had drugs in his system and was recklessly driving with a suspended driver’s license when he rear-ended a van stopped at a traffic light, killing the driver of the van," O'Brien said.

At about 7 p.m. on March 20, officers and medic responded to the four-vehicle crash at the intersection of West Broad Street and Georgesville Road.

The release said Waits was stopped at a traffic light when he was struck from behind by Burton.

“Waits succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene,” O'Brien said.

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