An out-of-state truck driver remains in jail Tuesday night, charged in connection to a fatal crash that killed his fiancee.
Appearing to hold back tears, 46-year-old Saint Adeogba, of Arizona, appeared by video in Girard Municipal Court, arraigned on a slew of charges including felony aggravated vehicular homicide.
The crash happened Monday night on Interstate 80 in Hubbard Township, about 50 yards from the state line.
Caller: “There’s a truck that is wrecked on the side of the road and I don’t see any cops around or anything. I don’t know if it’s been reported yet.”
Dispatcher: “Do you know if it?”
Caller: “But, it’s really bad.”
Investigators say Adeogba was hauling a full load from the west coast, heading to New Jersey.
Troopers say he went off the road, hit a ditch and some trees and jackknifed.
His fiancee, 38-year-old Michelle Morones, of Washington state, was in the sleeper berth and died.
Inside the cab, investigators say they found marijuana, beer and wine.
“Very concerning. We did find drugs in the cab of the truck at the time and alcohol at the time,” said Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Brian Vail.
Troopers are still waiting for the results of a urine test, but say Adeogba was under the influence.
Vail says any trace of alcohol or drugs could have serious repercussions for his commercial driver’s license in Ohio.
“Their CDL will be disqualified and their commercial vehicle will be taken out of service. So, any measurable amount in their system obviously has major consequences,” Vail said.
Adeogba’s bond was set at $60,000.
He’s due back in court on Sept. 12.