Court docs: TN man charged with aggravated vehicular homicide in Clermont County
BATAVIA, Ohio (WXIX) - A 23-year-old Tennessee man was arrested Sunday in Clermont County after allegedly driving drunk, causing the death of a woman, court documents confirm.
Jedidiah Marlow, of Fort Campbell, Tennessee, is being charged with aggravated vehicular homicide for the death of 21-year-old Jewel Whiting, of Smyrna, Tennessee.
According to Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. D.T. Howard, Marlow was driving a Ford Fusion on State Route 125 in Union Township with Whiting in the passenger seat when the car went off the left side of the road around 4:30 a.m.
Troopers say the vehicle hit two traffic signs and a parked vehicle and then rolled over and hit another parked car.
As a result of the crash, Whiting was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene, and Marlow was transported to Anderson Mercy Hospital with minor injuries.
Marlow later admitted that he had been drinking before the crash, according to the complaint. The officer noted he had bloodshot, watery eyes, rapid involuntary vertical shifting of the eyes and he smelled of alcohol.
A preliminary investigation indicated that Marlow was wearing his seatbelt when the crash happened, but it is unknown whether Whiting was.
Marlow is currently being held in the Clermont County Jail and faces two counts of vehicular homicide and one count of driving under the influence.
His bond was set at $100,000 during a hearing on Aug. 28.
Marlow pleaded not guilty.
The crash remains under investigation.
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