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Police make arrest in fatal Hamilton Township hit-and-run crash

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Posted at 4:08 PM, Sep 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-15 19:12:34-04

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, Ohio — The Hamilton Township Police Department and Warren County Prosecutors Office have released new details of the man they said struck and killed a Mason man with his vehicle and then fled the scene early Tuesday morning.

Officials said surveillance camera footage shows a Honda Pilot driven by Jeremy Penwell of Green Township leaving the scene of a hit-and-run incident that killed 37-year-old Aleksandre Begheluri. The victim was standing near a parked vehicle around 8 a.m. Tuesday on Grandin Road when he was hit by the Pilot. Penwell then fled east on Grandin Road toward State Route 48, police said.

Records show Penwell was out of jail on a $5,000 bond after receiving a charge of driving under the influence in August. Penwell was also charged with a DUI in 2002 and 2012, along with a reckless-driving charge in 2011.

Officers charged Penwell, also 37, with leaving the scene of a crash, a third-degree felony. Deputies were holding him Wednesday at the Warren County Jail.