CAMBRIDGE, Ohio -- A Kimbolton man has been convicted in connection with a crash that killed one teenager and injured another north of Cambridge in April.
Twenty-nine-year-old Thomas D. Nugent was found guilty on four of the five charges leveled against him in Guernsey County Common Pleas Court on Thursday. Nugent was found not guilty of aggravated vehicular homicide, but was convicted on a lesser charge of misdemeanor vehicular homicide. Nugent was also found guilty of tampering with evidence, failure to stop following an accident, and failure to assured cleared distance.
According to reports, two teenagers were seriously injured just after midnight on April 13 when Nugent struck a riding lawn mower being towed by a four-wheeler on Old 21 Road. One juvenile, 14-year-old Brandon Pethtel, died later that day as a result of his injuries. Neither the ATV or the lawn mower had lights, or were licensed to be on the highway. Nugent fled the scene of the accident, but was arrested the next day, thanks to a tip from a concerned citizen. His damaged vehicle was located in a barn not far from where the crash occurred, near the intersection of Old 21 Road and State Route 541.
Nugent is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge David A. Ellwood on October 15.