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Man charged for Akron hit-skip that killed 2; officials say woman lied to cover for him

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Posted at 5:56 PM, Jan 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-17 13:10:27-05

AKRON, Ohio — A 26-year-old Akron man turned himself in to police for a hit-skip accident on December 30 that left two people dead. Authorities initially identified a 26-year-old woman as the driver that caused the fatal crash, but said she was lying and was convinced to tell the truth.

Sirvonte De Romeo Rice was driving a 2018 Dodge Charger east on Lindsay Avenue at a high rate of speed, according to a news release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Rice failed to stop at a stop sign and struck a 2003 Chevrolet Impala traveling north on Virginia Avenue.

The driver of the Impala, Nicholas Bobo Jr., 34, and his passenger, Arielle Davis, 28, both from Akron, were both ejected from the vehicle, authorities said. Bobo was pronounced dead at the scene by the Summit County Coroner’s Office. Davis was transported to the hospital where she died from her injuries.

OSHP obtained warrants for Rice from the Akron Municipal Court for two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and failure to stop after an accident. Rice turned himself in to authorities on Wednesday and will be incarcerated at the Summit County Jail.

A 26-year-old Akron woman was originally identified by OSHP identified as the driver of the Charger. Officials said she initially lied to investigators by saying she was the driver, but was convinced to tell the truth.