Driver charged with hitting, killing Terrace Park teen in court

CINCINNATI - The man who admitted to hitting a Terrace Park teenager with a car, leading to the teen's death in March appeared in court Tuesday morning to answer to the criminal charges brought against him earlier this month.

Adam Horvath pleaded not guilty to vehicular manslaughter charges after he allegedly hit 16-year-old Colin Barton along Wooster Pike in Columbia Township in March. The teen was later found dead after an extensive search of the area. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced the misdemeanor criminal charges against Horvath on Oct. 10.

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.

Barton's parents were at Horvath's Tuesday morning arraignment in a Hamilton County courtroom.

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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