ATV driver loses license, gets prison

WARREN — A Mercer County, Pa., man who drove the wrong way on a state Route 82 ramp with his all-terrain vehicle and caused a serious accident in September 2018 was sentenced Thursday to 18 months in prison.

Nathan Delgros, 43, of B Street in Sharon, Pa., also was given a lifetime driver’s license suspension, and Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge Ronald Rice ordered him to pay $60,000 to the victim in restitution.

Delgros pleaded guilty Oct. 3 to a bill of information charging him with aggravated vehicular assault and failure to stop after an accident. A bill of information is a manner of charging someone with a crime by bypassing the grand jury process.

An Ohio State Highway Patrol report states Delgros was drving his vehicle the wrong way on the westbound Route 82 ramp to U.S. Route 62 in Brookfield and collided with a motorcycle driven by Charles A. Costea, 64, of Masury, who was seriously injured in the Sept. 22, 2018, crash.

Costea was riding a 1990 Harley-Davidson Softail Springer, and Delgros was on a Kawasaki Brute Force 750.

A witness to the 10 p.m. accident told the patrol he was driving on U.S. 62 when he saw the bright lights of a couple of all-terrain vehicles coming toward him, the report states. The conditions were clear that night, and the report states Delgros left the scene of the accident.

After the crash, Costea was transported to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital in critical condition with severe head trauma. A highway patrol investigator identified Delgros as the driver of the ATV after the patrol sought the public’s help to solve the case.

Costea’s daughter on Thursday delivered a victim’s impact statement in court. She talked about the $60,000 in medical bills so far and her dad being confined to a wheelchair.

Before sentencing, Rice noted in Delgros’ background report that he had two prior convictions of leaving the scene of an accident.