Hudson -- A Summit County grand jury will hear the case of a 47-year-old Regis Street man charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, a second-degree felony, stemming from an Oct. 13 incident which left an 18-year-old motorcyclist dead.
Philip Wiese was bound over to the grand jury Oct. 21 after a preliminary hearing in front of Stow Municipal Court Judge Kim Hoover. Wiese will enter a plea to the aggravated vehicular homicide charge during the grand jury process, according to a court spokesperson. A court date has not been set.
Wiese pleaded not guilty to the additional charges of OVI, a first-degree misdemeanor, and right of way when turning left, a minor misdemeanor, during his Oct. 21 municipal court appearance and was released on a $50,000/10 percent bond.
Wiese's attorney, Peter Cahoon, declined to comment.
According to police, Wiese was driving eastbound on state Route 303 shortly after 11:30 p.m. when he attempted to make a left turn onto St. Regis Boulevard. The SUV driven by Wiese collided with a westbound motorcycle driven by Scott Graber, of Ravenna Street, according to police.
Police said Mr. Graber, who was wearing a helmet, was thrown from the 1999 Suzuki motorcycle. Mr. Graber, a 2013 Hudson High School graduate, was transported to Akron City Hospital where he died Oct. 13.
According to police, Wiese allegedly "smelled of an alcoholic beverage and performed poorly on the field sobriety tests" and refused a blood alcohol content check, according to police.
Wiese told police he began to make a left turn but stopped "due to a sudden impact to my car."
"I ran to the street to check [the] motorcyclist who was laying and non-responsive in the street," Wiese told police.