Stark County man pleads not guilty to deadly drunk driving accident

Published: Nov. 23, 2022 at 10:21 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 23, 2022 at 12:33 PM EST
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STARK COUNTY, Ohio (WOIO) - A North Canton man pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning in Stark County Common Pleas Court to multiple charges stemming from a deadly drunk driving accident in September.

Jackson Township police said Jacob Muiter, 27, was speeding and under the influence of alcohol and drugs when he crashed into a car on Strausser Street NW around 11 p.m. on Sept. 11.

Jacob Lee Muiter is accused of driving drunk and causing a deadly crash.
Jacob Lee Muiter is accused of driving drunk and causing a deadly crash.((Source: Stark County Sheriff))

Police said Muiter drove his Chevy Silverado left of center and struck a Toyota driven by John Pappas, 53, of Uniontown.

Pappas was pronounced dead at the scene.

His passenger, Kristine Pappas, 52, of Uniontown, was transported to Mercy Medical Center, where she was treated and released.

Muiter was indicted on the charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault, OVI, reckless operation, speeding and improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle.

Muiter is being held without bond at the Stark County Jail and has a pre-trial scheduled for Dec. 5.