BERLIN CENTER, Ohio (WKBN) – A Mahoning County grand jury indicted a prominent local surgeon Thursday in connection with a fatal boating crash in May.
The jury charged Joe Yurich with aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehiclular assault and two counts of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
The crash happened early on the morning of May 9, when a boat collided with another boat on Berlin Lake, and a man from Akron died.
Officials with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources confirmed back in May that Yurich, a prominent local surgeon, was driving a boat the crashed into a fishing boat.
The crash killed Neal Cuppett, 58, and injured Bruce Lindamood, both of whom were in the fishing boat. ODNR officials also confirmed that alcohol was a factor, though they did not specify at the time who was under the influence.