Adam Horvath sentencing continued for allegedly hitting, killing 16-year-old in March

CINCINNATI - The driver who admitted to hitting a Terrace Park teenager with his vehicle, which later led to the teen's death, will face a future sentencing after his case was continued Monday.

Adam Horvath, 23, was found guilty of vehicular manslaughter after he admitted to hitting 16-year-old Collin Barton as he walked him along Wooster Pike in Columbia Township in the early hours of March 18. Horvath hit Barton with his Honda Civic, which led to Barton's death, according to officials.

An investigation found that Horvath fell asleep behind the wheel and drove off the right side of the road, hitting Barton, who was walking on the unpaved side of the road on his way back from a house party.

Horvath went to police to report that he thought he hit a deer on his way home from work hours earlier. Officers responded to the scene but were unable to locate anything.

Two days later, Horvath went back to police again asking officers to search the area. Life squad members later located Barton's body on March 20. It was later found that Barton was under the influence of drugs when he was hit.

In May, Deters said charges would not be filed against Horvath, but pressure from the family led to reinterviewing witnesses, and the discovery of a stain on Horvath's bumper that apparently contained enough evidence to file charges.

Vehicular manslaughter is a misdemeanor of the second degree, which carries a jail term of up to 90 days and a $750 fine. In addition, it carries a drivers license suspension from three months to two years in length.

Horvath's sentencing was rescheduled Monday after the judge was sick. The date was rescheduled for Dec. 17.

 

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