Vehicular assault case headed to trial


By Nick Walton - nwalton@civitasmedia.com



A case involving a man charged with vehicular assault is heading to trial next month.

During a final pretrial conference on Monday, the court was informed that no resolution has been reached in the case of Adam E. Schwarz and both parties were proceeding to trial.

The trial is currently scheduled to take place between April 12 and 14. Judge Nick Selvaggio noted other cases are scheduled for the same dates and the court will decide if the trial would move forward on those dates.

No final resolution offer was placed on the record by Champaign County Prosecutor Kevin Talebi.

Schwarz, 22, of Springfield, is charged with a fourth degree felony vehicular assault stemming from a May 24, 2015 crash.

A press release from the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office states an investigation into the crash showed Gregory L. Hoffman was driving a motorcycle northbound on North U.S. Route 68 on that date when he stopped to make a left turn onto state Route 296. A pickup truck stopped behind Hoffman.

Schwarz was traveling northbound and failed to see that the pickup truck was stopped in the northbound lane. He reportedly veered left into the southbound lane of traffic and cut back into the northbound lane after passing the truck, striking Hoffman’s motorcycle and taking both vehicles off the right side of the roadway just north of the intersection.

Hoffman was transported via CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, following the crash. Hoffman passed away on Jan. 19.

In addition to the criminal case, Schwarz is a defendant in a civil case where Hoffman is the plaintiff. Court documents from Jan. 29 state a case scheduling conference held on Jan. 28 was continued until June 20.

By Nick Walton

nwalton@civitasmedia.com

Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.

Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.