Charges possible in death of Terrace Park teen

Driver 'fell asleep'

CINCINNATI - The crash report related to the death of a Terrace Park teenager states that "possible criminal charges are pending" against the driver who hit and killed Collin Barton last month.

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 a 23-year-old Milford man.

The report states that the driver "failed to maintain reasonable control of his vehicle" and also says he told police that he fell asleep at the wheel. The car hit Barton just below his left knee from behind and further impact vaulted him forward and slightly to the right.

Barton's body was found two days later in a wooded area along eastbound U.S. 50 about 15 feet from the highway.

The findings of the investigation are now with the Hamilton County Prosecutor's office. Investigators are still waiting for details from the coroner's toxicology report.

The Milford man who struck Barton 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, the driver went back to police again asking officers to search the area. The Terrace Park life squad was then dispatched to the scene. Around 3 p.m., life squad members located the body of Barton.

Members of the Hamilton County Urban Search and Rescue Team scoured miles of both banks of the Little Miami River. Searchers concentrated on the river because the last ping on Collin's cellphone was traced to the Bass Island area near the junction of U.S. Route 50 and Newtown Road.

Sean Barton, Collin's father, said that his son was upset over a recent break up with a girlfriend and lied about where he had been on Saturday night.

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