A Brookfield man has been charged with causing the death of two people in an Oct. 24 traffic crash in Wayne County.
Zachary T. Carpenter, 29, of 5907 Stewart Sharon Road, was indicted March 25 by a grand jury on charges of two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and single counts of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of marijuana, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and speeding.
Carpenter has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Brookfield police arrested Carpenter April 4 at home on the warrant after responding to a call of loose dogs, which were owned by Carpenter.
Carpenter was driving a small box truck northbound on Interstate 71 when he went off the road and hit a semi-tractor that had pulled off the road after being disabled in a prior accident, Ohio Highway Patrol said.
Two passengers in Carpenter’s truck were killed, Nicholas P. Holmes, 30, of Girard, and Christopher Fox, 21, of Youngstown, police said. Carpenter was seriously injured, police said.
Carpenter has posted bond. He has filed a motion to suppress evidence, and a hearing has been set for Aug. 18.