Jury adds charge against Poland doctor in fatal Berlin Lake crash

Joe Yurich is the suspect in a fatal boating accident.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Mahoning County grand jury issued a superseding indictment for a doctor from Poland Thursday in connection with a deadly boat crash that happened on Berlin Lake in May.

Dr. Joe Yurich is now charged with failure to stop after the crash that killed a man from Akron and left another hurt. On September 3, a grand jury charged him with aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault and operating a watercraft while impaired.

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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