Man admits killing woman in crash into Ohio bar

Reynaldo Perez (Courtesy Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
Reynaldo Perez (Courtesy Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)

CINCINNATI (AP) - A man has admitted killing a woman and injuring two others by crashing a pickup truck into a crowd at a southwest Ohio sports bar.

Cleveland resident Reynaldo Perez pleaded guilty Monday to seven charges, including involuntary manslaughter and aggravated vehicular assault. He faces up to 20 years in prison as part of a plea deal.

The 23-year-old said in court that he was drunk when he drove into a crowd outside Rudder's Sports Grille & Pub in Harrison nearly a year ago. He says he heard patrons shouting racial slurs because he's Hispanic and that made him angry.

The crowd had been watching a Cincinnati Bengals game at the bar north of Cincinnati, near the Ohio-Indiana line.

April McBride of Lawrenceberg, Ind., was killed. Perez' sentencing is Nov. 4.

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