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Tallmadge woman found guilty of vehicular homicide

From staff reports Published: February 15, 2013 4:32 PM

Phyllis J. Treich, 51, of Tallmadge, pleaded guilty Friday to aggravated vehicular homicide, a second-degree felony; operating under the influence, a first-degree misdemeanor, and three counts of negligent assault, third-degree misdemeanors, according to Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh.

On the evening of Sept. 6, authorities say Treich drove onto Interstate 76 west into oncoming traffic in the eastbound lanes for close to a mile before hitting a car driven by Karon Briggs. That car was sent into another lane and hit by a second car. Briggs died in surgery after the crash. Treich and the three occupants of the second car that hit Briggs were uninjured.

Blood tests at Akron General Hospital showed Treichs blood serum alcohol content to be 0.181, over the legal limit of 0.08.

Judge Lynne Callahan will sentence Treich on April 3.

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