Waldock defense calls no witnesses

The defense called no witnesses and presented no evidence Wednesday in the trial of a Bloomville man charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and aggravated vehicular assault.

Bryan P. Waldock, 26, faces two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and two counts of aggravated vehicular assault for allegedly causing the death of Joshua Collins, 19, of Willard, and seriously injuring David Tripp, an 11-year-old passenger in Collins’ vehicle.

Witnesses testified this week that Waldock had a blood alcohol concentration between 0.149 and 0.187 percent and was driving between 73 mph and 80 mph when his Chevrolet Silverado crested a hill near US 224 and CR 23 and struck the driver’s side of Collins’ Chevrolet S10 early on Sept. 29, 2012.

Witnesses who took the stand Wednesday for the state included Lucas County Deputy Coroner Maneesha Pandey, who performed the autopsy on Collins; Prasad Kakarala, Tripp’s doctor; and State Highway Patrol troopers Ryan Thomas and Jonathan Weasner, who spoke about the accident. The state then rested its case.

Attorney Dean Henry, representing Waldock, argued Wednesday there was no evidence Collins’ vehicle had come to a stop at the intersection before entering US 224. Henry also argued that just because no skid marks were located on the road by troopers following the crash, it doesn’t mean Waldock did not apply his brakes before impact.

Henry also asked for an acquittal Wednesday, but it was denied by Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff.

Closing arguments are to be presented today in Shuff’s courtroom.