Driver admitted to drinking Wild Turkey before fatal crash, court record says

MOUNT HEALTHY, Ohio -- A driver was arrested Friday night after a four-car collision left one person dead.

James Klinefelter, 24, is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an injury crash. According to an affidavit, he admitted to drinking Wild Turkey bourbon beforehand.

Police Chief Vince Demasi said Klinefelter was driving a Dodge pickup truck west on Compton Road near Forest Avenue when he rear-ended a Jeep Cherokee.

The Cherokee then hit two other vehicles, police said: a Toyota Camry and a Ford Mustang.

Klinefelter drove off and got into another crash in Colerain Township not long afterward, according to police. The Colerain Township Police Department arrested him at his home.

The Jeep's driver, 75-year-old Ronald Otto, was pronounced dead at University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

The Camry's driver was treated at Mercy West Hospital and released. Colerain medics check out Klinefelter's injuries. The Mustang's driver wasn't hurt.

Klinefelter is scheduled for an arraignment hearing Monday.

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