Driver indicted in death of local teen girl

Driver indicted in death of local teen girl

HARRISON TWP. — The force of the crash that killed 14-year-old Chelsea Bowman in October 2016 was so powerful, it split the car she was riding in, in half, and threw her from the car.

Eighteen months after the deadly head-on crash, the driver of the Dodge Neon Bowman was riding in, 21-year-old Merle Jay Lunsford II of Dayton, was indicted for vehicular homicide and operating a vehicle under the influence of marijuana and OVI.

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Prosecutors said the teen was ejected from a rear seat of the car when Lunsford crossed the center line on Frederick Pike and hit an oncoming car.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Merle Jay Lunsford II.

Tune in to WHIO-TV at 5:30 p.m. for additional details in today’s indictment.