Man facing reduced charges in Howland woman’s death

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – A man charged in the hit-and-run death of a Howland woman was secretly indicted by a Trumbull County grand jury, but will face reduced charges.

Patrick Niess, 21, of Warren, was charged with vehicular homicide in the Dec. 9 death of Antoinette Ross, 55, of Howland.

Niess pleaded not guilty and the case has been sent back down to Warren Municipal Court, where he will face misdemeanor charges. He posted bond and will be back in court later this month.

Ross’s body was found along King Graves Road, near Route 46, in Howland. A motorist discovered the body around 8:55 a.m.

Niess had crashed his car on King Graves Road the night Ross was hit. Her body was found about 600 feet away from where Niess wrecked his car.

At the time, Brian Holt, post commander of the Warren Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, said Niess fell asleep while driving and did not realize that he had struck the woman.

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