Valley surgeon indicted in fatal Berlin Lake boating accident

youngstown, ohio area doctor indicted in fatal boating accident

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.

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