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Attorney's vehicular homicide trial continued until December

Phillip Wiese charges led to death of Scott Graber

by Tim Troglen | reporter Published: May 18, 2014 12:00 AM
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Hudson -- The May 12 vehicular homicide trial of a 48-year-old Hudson attorney accused of hitting and killing a 2013 Hudson High School graduate has been continued until Dec. 4, just over a year after he was indicted by a Summit County grand jury, according to a court spokesperson.

The trial of Philip Wiese was continued after a joint agreement by both the prosecution and defense, according to the court.

Specialists and accident investigation teams will be used for the trial and it could take months to schedule and receive reports from both sides, according to Thomas McLaughlin, bailiff for Common Pleas Judge Tom Parker. The court has a capital murder trial beginning in September, which also pushed Wiese's trial later into the year, McLaughlin said.

Wiese was indicted by a grand jury Dec. 3 on charges of 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, all stemming from the death of Scott Graber.

Wiese pleaded not guilty to all the charges in a Dec. 23 court hearing.

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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 the westbound motorcycle driven by Mr. 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, 18, was transported to Akron City Hospital where he died Oct. 13.

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, who according to police "smelled of an alcoholic beverage and performed poorly on the field sobriety tests" and refused a blood alcohol content check, was arrested at the scene and later posted a $50,000/10 percent bond.

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Grace4 Jul 3, 2014 11:48 PM

Philip, plead guilty.  This will set you free and provide healing for so many and yourself.  We are all guilty of so many things.  Realizing that we are is the way to freedom and healing.  Let it go.  We are all in the same boat.  You have taken a precious life.  You didn't mean to, but you did.  And it has hurt so many.  We may have not accidentally killed someone because of our own pain, but we all have caused pain we didn't mean to.  (Some have).  Do what is right, Philip.