CINCINNATI - A man accused of running over two people with his boat while on the Ohio River entered a not guilty plea before a judge on Monday morning.
A Hamilton County grand jury indicted 54-year-old Glenn Riegelsberger on seven charges including aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault, failure to stop after an accident and operating a vessel in a low speed area.
Riegelsberger is currently being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center after authorities arrested him last week.
Prosecutor Rick Gibson asked for a bond of $250,000 because Riegelsberger has six prior DUI convictions dating back to 1981. Judge Norbert Nadel agreed with the bond request.
On June 9, police say Riegelsberger caused the death of 30-year-old Jeffrey Foster of Riverside while both men were boating in separate boats on the Ohio River near Riverside Park in Sedamsville.
Prosecutor Joe Deters says the front of Riegelsberger's boat ran over Foster's boat striking him in the head. Foster was transported to the hospital where he died two days later.
Foster's passenger, Jennifer Holwadel, suffered a broken back
Deters says Riegelsberger docked his boat and fled the scene on foot. Alcohol was found in his boat after a search, according to officers.
"The cowardly act of this defendant to mow over two innocent people is outrageous. To then flee the scene and leave them fighting for their lives is disgusting," said Deters in a press release.
If convicted on all the charges, Riegelsberger is facing up to 23 years in prison.
After the hearing, Foster's parents said they hope the justice system works and Riegelsberger will be held responsible for his actions.
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