Driver indicted following January fatal crash

By Sarah Hawley -

POMEROY — The driver of the vehicle involved in a fatal single-vehicle crash earlier this year has been indicted by a Meigs County grand jury for his alleged role in the death of his passenger.

According to previous Sentinel reports, Richard Barnhart Jr., 31, of Pomeroy was driving north on Route 143 around 10 p.m. on Jan. 13 when his vehicle went off the right side of the roadway and struck a utility pole.

Jesse T. Carr, 26, a passenger in the vehicle, died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

Now, Barnhart is facing multiple criminal charges which include the allegation that he was under the influence at the time of the crash.

Barnhart is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, a first-degree felony; aggravated vehicular homicide, a second-degree felony; vehicular manslaughter, a first-degree misdemeanor; and two counts of operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, both fourth-degree felonies.

The indictment also includes a specification in the two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, which state that the grand jury found that Barnhart had previously been convicted of three or more convictions for driving under the influence.

Prosecutor James K. Stanley explained that the first degree felony charge of aggravated vehicular homicide is for the death having been allegedly caused as a proximate result of the operating a vehicle under the influence, while the second degree felony charge is for allegedly causing the death recklessly.

A warrant has been issued for Barnhart’s arrest on the charges contained in the indictment.

By Sarah Hawley