Man charged with murder in chase, crash that killed Lebanon woman

CINCINNATI -- A man accused of killing a Lebanon woman during a high-speed police chase last month was charged with murder Friday.

Police say David Hill, 26, fled from police after an officer attempted to pull him over near I-75 in Arlington Heights at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday, June 29.

Authorities said the high-speed pursuit continued to the intersection of Reading Road and Seymour Avenue in Cincinnati where he struck a Ford Focus driven by Janice Jewett, 40, of Lebanon.

Jewett was driving westbound on Seymour when Hill failed to stop at a traffic light. Police said Hill was going 70 mph in a 30 mph zone at the time of the crash.

The impact of the collision caused Jewett's vehicle to overturn, and she was thrown from the vehicle.

Jewett was pronounced dead at the scene. She was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, according to officials investigating the incident.

Hill was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center with serious injuries. He was not wearing a seatbelt either.

Hill is charged with murder, failure to comply with an order by police, involuntary manslaughter and aggravated vehicular homicide. He was arraigned on the charges Friday and given a $500,000 bond.

His fiancé Lorielle Carter told WCPO in June that he is filled with regret.

"He said, 'I wish it had been me who died instead of her,'" Carter said.

Hamilton County Clerk of Court records show Hill had multiple driving-related infractions and had his license suspended in the past.

Officials said an officer initiated the June traffic stop against Hill after his vehicle's plates revealed multiple arrest warrants for the owner. Hill was not the owner of the vehicle.

WCPO report Tom McKee contributed to this report.

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