Top stories of 2012: Pennock-Hanish indicted on five charges stemming from crash

by Bob Gaetjens | editor Published:

Streetsboro -- Longtime Streetsboro School Board member Cynthia Pennock-Hanish was badly injured Sept. 7 in a car crash along Route 43, which ended with her F-150 crashing into a South Sagramore Drive home.

Streetsboro police said the crash took place when Pennock-Hanish's truck, heading east on Tinkers Green Drive, pulled into the path of a 1998 Ford Windstar driven by a Mantua man, which was heading south on Route 43 at 8:19 p.m.

Following an investigation, Pennock-Hanish was indicted Sept. 20 by a Portage County grand jury, which charged her with a two charges of aggravated vehicular assault, one a third-degree felony, one a fourth-degree felony; two first-degree misdemeanor charges of driving while under the influence of alcohol; and causing a car accident that caused damage to realty, a first-degree misdemeanor.

A trial is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Jan. 23 in Portage County Municipal Judge Laurie Pittman's courtroom.

The driver of the other Ford Windstar was hospitalized for non-life threatening injuries, due to the accident.

Shortly after the accident, City Council and Mayor Glenn Broska's administration moved quickly to lower the speed limit along Route 43 in the area of the accident from 50 mph to 35 mph.

A 575-foot guardrail along Route 43 in the area of Camelot Village also was approved and installed.

"We're doing what we can," said City Council member Bridget Pavlick. "Putting up a guard rail is the least we can do."

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