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Vehicular homicide case goes to grand jury

Cary Ashby • Updated Dec 21, 2017 at 11:41 AM

Defendant Kyle D. Greenwald quietly and politely answered the judge’s questions.

Greenwald, 22, of 3879 DeRussey Road, Collins, waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Norwalk Municipal Court on Wednesday morning. That means his case will be transferred to Huron County Common Pleas Court to be reviewed by a grand jury for possible indictment.

He is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, a second-degree felony, which is punishable by two to eight years in prison. The defendant also faces operating a vehicle while impaired, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Both charges are in connection with the fatal crash Friday that killed Norwalk resident Todathon E. Wagner, 69, of 2465 Ridge Road. The incident happened at 3:07 a.m. on U.S. 20 near Wakeman Townline Road.

“He (Greenwald) obviously is very shaken and concerned,” defense attorney Brent English said after Wednesday’s brief hearing.

Greenwald had been in the Huron County Jail on a $105,000 bond, and at one point was in the Ashland County Jail.

Based on an agreement between English and the Norwalk Law Director’s Office, the suspect’s bail was reduced later to $50,000 with a 10-percent provision. English said his client’s bond was posted about 4 p.m. Tuesday and Greenwald was released from jail nearly two hours later.

Court administrator Kimberly Light said Greenwald isn’t allowed to operate a motor vehicle while his case is pending.

Just after 3 a.m. Friday, Greenwald was driving a 2008 GMC 2500 pickup truck east on U.S. 20. Troopers with the state Highway Patrol have said he passed a disabled snowmobile in the westbound lane, then went left of center and collided head on with a westbound vehicle.

The westbound car was a 2014 Volkswagen Passat, driven by Wagner.

Sgt. Brian Gockstetter, shortly after the crash, said the snowmobile operator, Greenwald’s girlfriend, apparently was crossing the road.

Wagner’s son is Chief Deputy Tod Wagner of the Huron County Sheriff’s Office.

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