Howland man indicted on aggravated vehicular homicide

HOWLAND — The Champion man accused of driving his 2006 Honda Civic into a Howland home the night of Sept. 23, crushing the man and his dog in the basement, was arraigned Wednesday on multiple charges in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.

Damien L. Fish, 24, of 5265 N. Park Ave. Extension, Champion, was represented by court-appointed attorney David Rouzzo, who said Fish is not guilty.

Fish is accused of crashing into 1313 DeForest Road SE killing Matthew Burke, 45, who was on Skype with his girlfriend at the time.

Fish appeared in court in a neck halo and pajama tops, saying he had two broken bones in his neck from the accident. Judge W. Wyatt McKay took his injuries in account in setting Fish’s bond at $25,000 with stipulations that he be under the care of his father Ed Stanton, be fitted with electronic monitoring, not drive any motor vehicle and have no contact with the victim’s family.

“The nature of the circumstances of this case are very troubling. You drove dangerously while impaired,” McKay told the defendant.

Fish was secretly indicted on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and two counts while operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He was arrested and taken into custody at 3:40 p.m. Tuesday, Trumbull County jail records show.


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