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Search for Collin Barton enters its third day on Tuesday March 20, 2012. Tom McKee
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Driver charged with vehicular manslaughter after hitting Terrace Park teen in March

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CINCINNATI - The man who admitted to hitting a Terrace Park teenager with a car, leading to his death in March will face criminal charges.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced Wednesday that he directed the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office to pursue misdemeanor criminal charges against Adam Horvath in the death of Collin Barton of Terrace Park. Horvath is being charged with vehicular manslaughter while committing a traffic violation of failure to drive in marked lanes.

Barton, 16, was walking home along Wooster Pike in Columbia Township in the early morning hours of March 18 when he was struck by a 2002 Honda Civic driven by 23-year-old Horvath, 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 the body of Barton 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, sources inside the prosecutor's office said.

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.

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