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Case of driver accused in fatal hit-skip goes to grand jury

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    Sharan Carr, 64, of Sheffield Lake, left, stands with her attorney Kate Pruchnicki Thursday during her preliminary hearing in Avon Lake Municipal Court before Judge Darrel Bilancini.

    BRUCE WALTON / CHRONICLE

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AVON LAKE — The case of a Sheffield Lake woman accused of fatally striking an Avon Lake man with her car has been bound over to a grand jury.

Sharan Carr, 64, waived her preliminary hearing in Avon Lake Municipal Court on Thursday morning, and her case now will be presented to a Lorain County grand jury.

Carr is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, a second-degree felony; failure to stop after an accident, a third-degree felony; operating a vehicle while under the influence, a first-degree misdemeanor; and failure to maintain reasonable control, a minor misdemeanor.

Avon Lake police identified the cyclist as Richard “Randy” Knilans. Knilans, 66, was a prominent and active figure in Avon Lake, working as a member and chairman of the Planning Commission, as well as a member in the Zoning Board and the Historic Preservation Committee. Avon Lake City Council honored Knilans with a moment of silence during its meeting June 10.

Shortly before 8 p.m. June 6, police were called about a possible impaired driver traveling west on Lake Road. Police said the vehicle had struck Knilans while he was riding his bicycle on Lake Road near Miller Road. Knilans was flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, where he died of his injuries June 7.

Sheffield Lake police pulled over Carr at Lake Road and Maplewood Avenue on June 6. Carr refused a breath test, according to Avon Lake Municipal Court records.

Contact Bruce Walton at (440) 329-7123 or bwalton@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Facebook @BWalton440 or Twitter @BruceWalton


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