Grand jury indicts Philip Wiese on six counts in death of Scott Graber

by Tim Troglen | reporter Published:

Hudson -- A Summit County grand jury indicted a 47-year-old Regis Street man Dec. 3 on six counts stemming from an October car accident where an 18-year-old Hudson motorcyclist was struck and killed.

Philip Wiese was indicted on: aggravated vehicular homicide, a third-degree felony; vehicular homicide, a first-degree misdemeanor; driving while under the influence, a first-degree misdemeanor; vehicular manslaughter, a second-degree misdemeanor; improper lane change and right of way while turning left, both minor misdemeanors.

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. Oct. 12 when he attempted to make a left turn onto St. Regis Boulevard. His 2004 Ford Expedition 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.

Wiese was arrested on the scene.

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.

Wiese will enter a plea on the aggravated vehicular homicide charge during the grand jury process, according to a court spokesperson.

A court date has not been set.

Wiese was released in October on a $50,000/10 percent bond.

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