PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) - A northeast Ohio man who served 18 months in prison for a drunken-driving accident that left a teenager paralyzed may face a charge that the accident eventually killed the victim.
James Dye, 46, surrendered to Lake County authorities on Friday - eight years to the day since he struck Rob Arnold, then 14, as Arnold was picking up mail from a roadside mailbox. Arnold died in December.
Dye, of Akron, was released without posting bail. A grand jury indicted Dye on a vehicular homicide charge last month after authorities connected Arnold's death to his injuries.
The maximum penalty at the time of the accident was five years, but changes since then could double the term, prosecutor Mark Bartolotta said. A judge will decide which version applies.
The crash left Arnold paralyzed from the neck down, hooked to a ventilator and dependent on home nursing care. County Prosecutor Charles Coulson declined to comment on autopsy results.