COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - A woman who is accused of causing a fatal crash in Columbia Township, then lying to police about who was driving, was in court on Monday.
Yasee Thomas, 21, is charged with obstructing official business and aggravated vehicular homicide. Her bond was set at $42,000.
The crash occurred just after 4:30 a.m. Friday on the 5300 block of Ridge Road, near Hamilton Avenue.
Police say a 2000 Volvo S-80 was traveling generally northbound on Ridge Road approaching Highland Avenue when the driver lost control of the vehicle. The Volvo exited the right side of the roadway and struck a large wooden utility pole head-on.
The front seat passenger in the car was killed in the crash. He has been identified as Curtis Larkin, 29, of Cincinnati. Police say he was not wearing his seat belt.
During early stages of the investigation, Thomas told investigators that she was in the back seat of the car at the time of the crash, and that the driver was a black male who fled on foot following the crash.
Further investigation revealed that Thomas was the driver.
Another passenger in the vehicle, Chaniqua S. Green, 20, has also been charged with Obstructing Justice. Her bond was set at $2,000.