Wrong-way I-270 driver who thought he was on a different highway indicted

Roman Makarenko, 28, is facing two counts of aggravated vehicular assault, two counts of vehicular assault, two counts of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse or a combination of them and one count of failure to stop after an accident.

Makarenko was allegedly driving southbound in the northbound lanes of I-270 before striking a vehicle head-on north of Hamilton Road on March 24.

The occupants of the other vehicle, 21-year-old Kayla Williamson and her 3-year-old son along with Makarenko, had to be cut out of their vehicles.

“The serious injury to this mom and her 3-year-old son was the result of this man’s extreme impairment and reckless driving,” Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said.

Just prior to this injury accident, Makarenko was involved in a non-injury accident where another vehicle swerved to avoid a head-on crash with his vehicle.

As a result, Makarenko’s vehicle hit the side of the car, causing it to collide with a tractor-trailer. Makarenko left the scene of that crash.

According to the police report, Makarenko was uncooperative, had a strong odor of alcohol and said he didn’t know he was driving in the wrong direction. He told police he believed he was driving on either I-70 or I-71 after leaving Easton Town Center.

At the hospital, Makarenko’s blood was tested and showed a blood alcohol level of .305.

Makarenko denied he was intoxicated and told police he “blacked out” and was “pumped full of drugs” at the hospital and couldn’t provide any information. However, hospital staff said Makarenko didn’t receive any medication.

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