Young man convicted for 2013 fatal crash

Staff Report

January 28, 2014

DARKE COUNTY - An 18-year-old Preble County man was convicted after being held responsible for a crash on June 30, 2013 that took the life of a Lewisburg woman.

According to the Darke County Sheriff’s Office investigation, Adam J. Bartle of New Paris was traveling east bound on Hollansburg-Arcanum Road and failed to stop at the posted stop sign at the State Route 503 intersection. Barlte’s silver 2001 Oldsmobile Alero traveled through the intersection striking a northbound 2010 Toyota Tacoma driven by Mabel L. Landis, 83, of Lewisburg.

Landis was pronounced dead at the scene.

Bartle was charged with Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, a first degree misdemeanor, as a result of the crash. He pleaded ‘no contest’ and was found guilty October 24, 2013 by Darke County Municipal Court Judge Julie L. Monnin and sentenced to 180 days in jail, with 165 of the days suspended. He will also be placed on probation for three years and is responsible to pay a funeral expense restitution in the amount of $6,805.20.

Darke County Municipal Court Judge Julie Monnin gave Bartle an option to be released off probation early if he elects to coordinate and perform seminars at all Darke County high schools. The court received a letter by mail suggesting this be a way for Bartle to talk to young drivers about what can happen on the roadways and the importance of being a responsible driver behind the wheel of an automobile.

He began serving his 15-day sentence in the Darke County Criminal Justice Center Monday.

Bartle was represented by Greenville defense attorney David A. Rohrer while the case was handled by Darke County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jesse Green for the state.