Brandi Hill, 26, also known as Brandi Hicks, is accused of driving while high on cocaine, causing a collision on Ohio 143 that killed two, including a passenger in her own SUV. Until recently, Hill was in custody of the Ohio Department of Corrections on charges from another county.
Hill faces two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, possession of cocaine and two counts of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of cocaine. Her trial has been continued from early April until June 23. A final pre-trial in the case has been set for June 4.
Hill is now free on a $1,000 personal recognizance bond after appearing before Judge Fred W. Crow III for arraignment on the Meigs County Grand Jury’s indictment. She has retained Charles Knight of Pomeroy as her attorney.
Hill allegedly struck two vehicles waiting to make left-hand turns on Ohio 143, then went left of center into the path of a truck, which burst into flames on impact with the driver, Robert W. Harrison II, trapped inside.
Stephanie J. English was a passenger in Hill’s SUV, and also died in the crash. Another adult and two juveniles were also injured in the crash, and Hill herself was hospitalized for injuries in the accident. Investigators later determined she was driving the vehicle.
A specification in the charge of possession of cocaine indicates Hill was in possession of less than five grams of cocaine, but had a concentration of the drug in her blood and urine at the time of the four-vehicle crash.
A motion to suppress evidence is now pending in the case and will be heard by Judge Fred W. Crow III later this month. That motion was continued to allow Knight to review the case.