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Charges pending for driver in wrong-way crash that killed former NHS coach

By Michael Harrington • May 8, 2019 at 4:44 PM

SANDUSKY — Sheffield Village police are building a case against a man accused of killing a Sandusky resident in a head-on crash in Lorain County.

Jeffrey “Jeff” Baur, 28, drove west on Interstate 90 in February when a wrong-way driver hit his car. Baur died from his injuries weeks later in Stein Hospice Care Center.

Sheffield Village police Chief Larry Bliss said it’s believed the driver of the vehicle that struck Baur’s car was under the influence at the time.

The case is in the process of being handed over to the Lorain County Prosecutor’s Office, which will present it to a grand jury to decide if there’s enough evidence for an aggravated vehicular homicide charge.

“It was presented to the prosecutor’s office, but there’s some more information that they wanted before they present it to a grand jury,” Bliss said. “We had to subpoena his phone records and they wanted that before it was presented.”

Baur graduated from Huron High School in 2008 and served in the U.S. Coast Guard. He was active in local soccer programs and was a former assistant coach for the Norwalk High School junior varsity soccer team.

To honor his memory, the Huron High School soccer program renamed its annual scholarship to the Jeff Baur Memorial Soccer Scholarship, Huron soccer coach Matt Asher said.

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