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An Edinburg woman who allegedly struck and killed a Rootstown man with her car in downtown Kent while under the influence of drugs will remain in the Portage County jail for the time being.
Allison E. Barton, 22, 7468 Tallmadge Road, pleaded not guilty to three felony and three misdemeanor charges during a video arraignment Friday.
Judge Laurie Pittman set bond at $500,000 cash, pending future court dates. A pretrial hearing is set for Oct. 22, and a trial date for Oct. 28.
Barton is charged with two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, one second-degree felony and one third-degree
felony; one count of failure to stop after an accident, a third-degree felony; two counts of operating a vehicle under the influence and one count of leaving the scene of an accident, all first-degree misdemeanors.
The more serious of the two aggravated vehicular homicide charges alleges that Barton struck and killed Richard M. Schoepe, 37, as a result of being intoxicated behind the wheel of a 2006 Jeep Liberty on the morning of July 17.
Schoepe was struck near the intersection of North Water and Columbus streets in downtown Kent, just outside the Star of the West Mill where he had worked for 15 years. He was pronounced dead at Akron City Hospital short before 11:30 a.m. that morning, approximately 90 minutes after he was struck.
Barton allegedly had heroin in her system when the crash occurred, according to her indictment. She also allegedly fled the scene, but was later stopped and detained on S.R. 43 just south of Kent city limits by Brimfield police until Kent police could arrive.
Barton also allegedly hit a 2007 Chevrolet Impala after striking Schoepe, according to court records.
A Portage County grand jury indicted Barton on Aug. 1.
The incident was only the second fatal traffic crash in Portage County this year.
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