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Driver in fatal hit-skip indicted, but not for vehicular homicide

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    Delmar Board



ELYRIA — An Elyria man was indicted earlier this month on charges in connection with a December fatal hit-skip, but he was not indicted for vehicular homicide.

Delmar Board, 42, was indicted March 6 on charges of failure to stop after an accident and driving under suspension, according to court records. The failure to stop charge is a third-degree felony, while the driving under suspension is a misdemeanor.

Police have said Board was driving a white 1995 Chevrolet Suburban involved in the crash that killed Roslyn Arroyo, 49, of Lorain, on Dec. 2, according to an Ohio Highway Patrol news release. Arroyo was attempting to cross Lorain Road at North Ridge Road when she was hit about 9:20 p.m. She was taken to University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center and pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

Board did not stop after the crash, and the SUV was found abandoned on 28th Street in Lorain on Dec. 4.

Board is not the registered owner, according to the patrol, and the vehicle was reported stolen after the crash.

Police have said that Arroyo died from her injuries after being struck by the vehicle driven by Board; however, he was not charged in connection to her death.

“We took all the evidence in, and I can’t tell you why the grand jury made their determination,” Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will said. “There were some evidentiary issues with it. They did not return the vehicular homicide charge.”

Will said he believes that if Board is convicted of the charges in the indictment, he would face mandatory prison time.

According to Elyria Municipal Court records, Board was convicted of domestic violence in 1995; driving under suspension twice in 1997; driving under the influence, no operator’s license and lighted lights required in 1997; driving under suspension and falsification to avoid a ticket in 2000; and telecommunications harassment in 2006.

According to Lorain Municipal Court records, he was convicted of driving under suspension in 2008; and traffic control device violation and driving under suspension in 2006.

According to Lorain County Clerk of Common Pleas records, Board pleaded guilty to complicity to burglary in 1997; and pleaded guilty to domestic violence and aggravated menacing in 2001.

Contact Scott Mahoney at (440) 329-7146 or Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.

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