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$500K bond set in teen’s hit-skip death

LISBON — A Salineville area man charged with aggravated vehicular homicide in the death of a 13-year-old bicyclist had his bond set at $500,000 cash or surety during a video arraignment in county Municipal Court.

Donald E. White, 64, state Route 164, Salineville, is facing charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, a third-degree felony, and hit skip resulting in a death, also a third-degree felony.

White has a preliminary hearing set for Thursday before Municipal Court Judge Tim McNicol. A pretrial was also set on a charge of possession of marijuana drug paraphernalia for allegedly having a glass pipe with marijuana residue.

According to court records, on Saturday, the Highway Patrol responded shortly after 9 p.m. to state Route 164 in Fairfield Township near Crestview Road, where they found two BMX-style bicycles, a boy standing near the road and another boy lying next to the road.

The one boy who was conscious said he and his friend had been riding their bicycles along the white line on the edge of the road, when an older pickup truck hit his friend’s bicycle. The other boy, identified as Aidan Wollman, was ejected from the bicycle.

Wollman, a student at Columbiana Middle School, was later pronounced dead at Salem Regional Medical Center where he was transported.

A state trooper involved in the investigation later found a pickup truck, a blue 1987 Chevrolet Silverado, matching the description. It was abandoned at a pull off near the intersection of state Routes 164 and 344. The truck reportedly had front end damage to the headlight and grill, which matched some damage found in the brush and on the road near where the crash occured.

After locating White at his home, troopers questioned him and court documents indicate he admitted he had been driving the vehicle striking what he thought was a mailbox. He did not call for emergency assistance.

djohnson@mojonews.com

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