Woman Accused Of Running Down Father

BARBERTON, Ohio (AP) - A woman has been charged in a hit-skip accident that killed her father after a New Year's Eve party.

Mildred Van Meter, 32, of Coventry Township, was drinking with her boyfriend and father, Kenneth, at a members-only bar, Barberton Police Lt. Bill Pfeiffer said.

After midnight, Kenneth, 54, of Green, left the club to walk home, Pfeiffer said.

Mildred Van Meter, whose driver's license had been suspended for failing to pay traffic fines, left the bar in her boyfriend's black 1996 Dodge Ram truck a short time later, Pfeiffer said.

Police received a 911 call about 1:30 a.m. on New Year's Day from a pay telephone.

"It was an open-line call. No one said anything," Pfeiffer said.

Officers responded to the call and found Kenneth Van Meter lying in the road, unconscious, Pfeiffer said. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Debris from the Dodge Ram truck was found near where Van Meter had been found, Pfeiffer said.

Van Meter's death was an accident, Pfeiffer said.

"As weird and ironic as it sounds, there is no indication that she tried to hit her father," he said.

Mildred Van Meter faces charges of involuntary manslaughter, aggravated vehicular homicide and hit-skip, according to police.

She was being held in the Summit County Jail in lieu of a $25,000 bond.

Kenneth Van Meter's brother, Russell, of Wadsworth, said the family had few details about what happened and was too upset to comment.

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