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Elyria man indicted in fatal Baumhart Road crash


ELYRIA — An Elyria man who authorities said was responsible for a fatal May traffic crash has been indicted.

Christopher DeWitt, 21, is charged with vehicular homicide, possession of marijuana, willful or wanton disregard of safety on highways and failure to maintain lanes of travel.

According to the Ohio Highway Patrol, DeWitt was headed south on Baumhart Road in Brownhelm Township on May 16, when the Ford F-350 pickup he was driving veered left of center.

The truck sideswiped a northbound 2001 Pontiac Grand Am driven by Brandon Danicki before crashing head-on into a 1994 Honda Civic driven by 28-year-old Dale Welty. The pickup then overturned, went off the side of the road and struck a guardrail.

Welty, a father of two, died from his injuries. DeWitt was treated and released. Danicki and a passenger in DeWitt’s truck were not injured.

Troopers reported finding marijuana at the scene in DeWitt’s lunchbox.

Welty’s family has sued DeWitt for negligence.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or

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