McEldowney arraigned on vehicular homicide charges

GREENVILLE—A Mercer County man was arraigned on vehicular homicide charges in Darke County Common Pleas Court on Friday morning. Judge Jonathan P. Hein presided.

Gregory C. McEldowney, 48, of Fort Recovery, was arraigned on count one of vehicular homicide, a fourth-degree felony, and count two of vehicular manslaughter, a first-degree misdemeanor. If convicted with count one, he faces up to 18 months incarceration and maximum fine of up to $5,000, if convicted with count two, he faces up to six months incarceration and a $1,000 fine, none of which is mandatory.

At approximately 9:29 p.m., on Wednesday, April 6, Darke County Deputies, Darke County Coroners Office, Greenville Township Fire and Rescue and Greenville City Fire, responded to the intersection of State Route 49 and Children’s Home-Bradford Road for a reported serious crash involving a motorcycle.

Preliminary investigation revealed a gray 2005 Chevy Impala driven by McEldowney 48, traveled southbound on State Route 49 and attempted to make a left turn onto Children’s Home-Bradford Road when he allegedly struck head-on into a red 2018 Harley-Davidson Street Bob motorcycle operated by Christopher Hughes of Vernal, Utah.

Hughes was ejected from the motorcycle while wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene. McEldowney was transported to Wayne HealthCare for possible injuries.

McEldowney retained attorney Alex Pendl, who entered a not guilty plea on his behalf. He was released on his own recognizance, with his next appearance on Thursday, Aug. 11.

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Abigail Miller / Editor

Abigail Miller is a Greenville native, Kent State graduate, writer, crocheter, shopaholic and friend. Contact Darke County Now Reporter Abigail Miller at amiller@darkecountynow.com.

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