February 24, 2012
A 32-year-old van driver was high on marijuana when he struck and killed a 19-year-old driver head on while she left an Interstate 71 rest stop, prosecutors alleged in a felony indictment released Friday.
Joshua T. Morris of Sagamore Hills was indicted on aggravated vehicular homicide and operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
A blood test showed that Morris has marijuana in his system at the time of the crash, said Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O’Brien in a news release.
Morris was driving a cargo van northbound on I-71 on March 23 when he became distracted by his cellphone and lost control of his vehicle, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. He veered across four lanes of the highway, including the center median, before striking the driver’s side of a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am driven by Rachael Carlina “Carli” Woodruff as she left the southbound rest stop near U.S. 36/Ohio 37.
Woodruff, a sophomore at Kent State University, was transported to Grant Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. She had been driving to her parents’ home in Cincinnati for spring break.
Woodruff’s family filed a $25,000 wrongful death lawsuit against Morris and his employer, Dara Toy Company of Macedonia, last May. That case was dismissed in late August after it was settled out of court, court records show.
A summons ordering Morris show up at any future court dates has been issued, O’Brien said. No court date has yet been set.