Bond set at $150,000 for suspect in fatal Shelby County buggy crash

Bond set at $150,000 for Steven Hunter in connection with a fatal Shelby County buggy crash (Courtesy: Shelby County Jail)

SHELBY COUNTY, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - The suspect in a fatal Shelby County buggy crash was in court Monday, and had his bond sent at $150,000.

Steven Hunter, 42 of Sidney, is facing charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and for failing to stop after an accident. Officials said he was driving west near the Logan/Shelby County line when he hit a horse-drawn buggy from behind. All four people in the buggy were ejected.

"There's been a buggy accident, looks like you have one deceased and on the road," a 911 caller told dispatchers.

Two infants were flown from the scene by Careflight to Dayton Children's Hospital, where they were listed in critical condition. The woman who was thrown from the buggy was pronounced dead at the scene, and the man was transported to Miami Valley Hospital for further treatment where he was listed in critical condition.

"You're traveling every four or five seconds the length of a football field," Shelby County Sheriff John Lenhart said, "You're going to come up to them very quickly."

A friend of the family identified the female who died as 23-year-old old Sarah Schwartz. 26-year-old Henry Schwartz is being treated at Miami Valley, and 18-month-old Elmer and 4-month-old Ester are being treated at Dayton Children's.

Sheriff Lenhart said Hunter fled the scene. 911 callers watched him run.

"Yup, he's movin, he's movin," the caller told dispatch.

Sheriff Lenhart told FOX45 that Hunter has two previous DWI's, and he told deputies that he had been drinking that night.

Hunter is set to be back in court May 1.

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