HUDSON, Ohio — A Mentor woman has been charged in connection with the Nov. 7 crash that killed a 7-year-old Hudson boy who was riding his bike.
Denise Ahlstrom, 60, has been charged with vehicular manslaughter, a second-degree misdemeanor, and failure to yield the right of way to a pedestrian on a sidewalk, a minor misdemeanor traffic offense, according to Stow Municipal Court records.
The charges were announced Thursday, one day after cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer reported on the City of Hudson’s refusal to release a basic accident report 11 days after the crash, citing an ongoing investigation.
The city released the crash report and investigatory records to cleveland.com on Thursday. The documents show that Ahlstrom was driving a Chevrolet Cruze around 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 7 when she turned east onto West Streetsboro Street from a parking lot, striking 7-year-old Vincent Baran as he rode a bicycle westbound on the sidewalk.
Ahlstrom told investigators that she was watching the road to look for a break in the traffic so she could exit the parking lot and did not see the boy approaching, according to a police report.
She struck Vincent with the front of her car, knocking over him and his bicycle, according to police. She continued a short distance before stopping, dragging the boy until he was lodged under the car, police say. Bystanders lifted the car and pulled Vincent out, and paramedics arrived shortly after. He died at Cleveland Clinic Twinsburg, according to the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office.