DAYTON – An Troy man has entered no contest in a vehicular homicide case that killed a woman in a Vandalia crash last summer.
Scott Gray, 37, of Troy, entered the no contest plea on Wednesday, May 11 in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. He will be sentenced by Judge Barbara Gorman on June 1. He faces up to 18 months in prison.
Gray also entered no contest pleas on three counts of failure to stop after an accident. Gorman found him guilty on all four charges.
During the early morning hours of July 11, 2015, the victim, 37‐year‐old Melissa Carlson, of Englewood, was a passenger in a vehicle that was struck by the defendant’s vehicle on South Dixie Drive near Crestview Drive in Vandalia. The defendant fled the scene on foot. The victim, the driver of the victim’s car, and the two passengers in the defendant’s car were all transported to the hospital.
Days after the crash, the defendant turned himself in to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The defendant’s vehicle’s event data recorder showed the defendant’s vehicle was traveling 101 mph five seconds before the crash and 76 mph one second before the crash in a marked 35 mph zone. The defendant did not have a valid driver’s license at the time of the crash.
On September 5, 2015, the victim died as a result of the injuries she sustained in the crash.
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