Prosecutors in Wood County have charged 49-year-old Brian Witkus with negligent vehicular homicide, following a crash between a minivan and horse-drawn buggy on Wednesday that killed a six week old girl.
Witkus reportedly admitted to police that he was reaching down to pick up a book on the floor of his minivan when the crash occurred. Witkus said he took two hydrocodone pills earlier in the day. Police also reported he appeared impaired and failed field sobriety tests.
However, prosecutors say they don’t yet have enough to charge him with a drunken driving homicide.
Witkus is also accused of, but not yet charged with, a separate drunk driving crash in May.
A judge jailed him on a $10,000 cash bond.