Carolyn Fleegle

Man Pleads Not Guilty in Fatal Accident

by Carolyn Fleegle on July 28, 2011 at 10:42 am

A man charged in connection with a fatal accident in Muskingum County this past spring appeared in court Wednesday for an arraignment hearing.

27-year-old Darnell Harris of Columbus went before Common Pleas Court Judge Kelly Cottrill where he pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and operating a vehicle while under the influence.

The State Highway Patrol reports that in April  Harris was driving on U.S. 40 in Falls Township when he attempted to turn onto Interstate 70 and pulled into the path of another vehicle.

A passenger in Harris’ vehicle, 22-year-old Koeta Pettiford of  Zanesville, died as a result of her injuries from the crash.

Bond for Harris was continued at $100,000.