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Driver accused of killing family of four in Ashtabula charged with aggravated vehicular homicide

Posted at 12:07 PM, Oct 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-22 18:05:38-04

The driver accused of killing a family of four in Ashtabula County on Friday has been charged with their deaths during his first court appearance on Monday following the deadly crash.

Donte Conrad, 48, was charged with four counts of vehicular homicide and a minor misdemeanor reckless operation charge.

The prosecutor said if he is convicted of an OVI in this case, this will be his fifth OVI charge. The prosecutor calls him a "danger to the community."

Conrad had four other OVIs in 1997, 1998, 2008 and 2015.

The judge set Conrad's bond at $250,000 for each count of vehicular homicide, totaling a $1 million bond.

Officers said Conrad was driving a Dodge Ram 1500 on West 58th street when he went through a stop sign and hit a 1998 Toyota Corolla driven by Giovanni Miller.

Miller and the three other passengers were pronounced dead on the scene, according to the Ohio State  Highway Patrol.

The other passengers were identified as Anastasia N. Smith, 19, and Michelle A. Hommes, 47. The 22-month-old was identified as Miller and Smith's son.

A vigil is being held on Monday night to remember the family killed in the crash. The vigil will be located at the corner of West 58th Street and Adams Avenue in Ashtabula at 7:30 p.m. More info on the vigil here.