Bascom man indicted after fatal car crash

A man who was the driver in a single-vehicle fatal accident in October was indicted this week on an aggravated vehicular homicide charge.

Kevin T. Wertz, 21, of Bascom, was served the indictment for the third-degree felony charge Wednesday afternoon, according to court documents. He was summoned to appear in court Tuesday for an arraignment.

Wertz was the driver of a pick-up truck that struck a ditch and overturned on its top on TR 71A after he lost control of it during the early morning hours Oct. 27, 2012.

Jacob Hohman, 20, of Bascom, had been one of the passengers in the truck and died from his injuries after being taken by air ambulance to a Toledo hospital.

A state highway patrol release at the time stated speed, consumption of alcoholic beverages and lack of seatbelt use were believed to have been factors in the crash. A State Highway Patrol spokesman said Thursday all occupants of the truck had admitted to drinking earlier at a party, but blood-alcohol test results were not listed on the accident report.

According to his indictment, if convicted Wertz could face up to 60 months in prison, a fine of up to $10,000 and a class two driver’s license suspension.