Man charged with vehicular homicide

MESOPOTAMIA — A man from Minvera faces a charge of vehicular homicide in connection to a May 31 fatal crash involving a logging truck in Mesopotamia.

Gilbert Chaidez, 25, pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor Thursday in Newton Falls Municipal Court, where he is due back for a pretrial on Sept. 28, according to court records.

Chaidez, who suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash, is free on a personal recognizance bond.

Killed in the crash was a passenger in the SUV driven by Chaidez, Lindsay Chaidez, 28, also of Minerva, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The patrol said the SUV was stopped at a stop sign at the intersection of state Routes 534 and 87 when it pulled forward and into the path of the logging truck. The SUV was struck on the passenger side, according to the patrol.

The driver of the truck was not injured. It appeared he tried to stop to avoid the collision because there were skid marks on the asphalt, the crash report states.