DAYTON — A Montgomery County grand jury indicted a New Lebanon man on a charge of failure to stop after an accident that resulted in the death of a University of Dayton student in September, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.
Kyler Forest Carlile, 30, was indicted on the charge Thursday, stemming from the accident that resulted in the death of Michael Currin, 19, of Blue Ash.
Investigators previously said Currin died from his injuries days after the Sept. 30 accident and his injuries were consistent with either falling or jumping from a moving vehicle. The Montgomery County Coroner ruled Currin’s death was an accident.
Prosecutors said Carlile saw Currin walking on Wayne Avenue and offered him a ride. Currin accepted and climbed into the cargo area of the truck while Carlile drove to the home of another person in the truck.
“When they arrived, (Carlile) and his passengers noticed the victim was no longer in the back of the truck. (Carlile) drove back the way he came, past where the victim was lying in the roadway, clearly injured,” Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck said in a release Thursday.
“Instead of stopping and offering the victim aid and assistance or calling 911 to report the injury, as required by law, (Carlile) drove away,” Heck said.
Heck added the police investigation found Carlile was not driving recklessly and was not impaired. But state law requires a driver to stop after an accident and remain there until authorities arrive.
“This was a tragic accident in which a young man just beginning his college career lost his life. We extend our deepest sympathies and the victim and his family are in our prayers,” Heck said.
Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said the investigation into Currin’s death required an extensive investigation by the department’s detectives.
“We are confident that the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office and the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office fully evaluated all available evidence and appreciate their collective efforts in furthering this matter toward justice,” Biehl said.
“We again extend our condolences to the Currin family and to the entire University of Dayton community as they continue to heal after the loss of Michael.”
Carlile has been issued a summons to appear in court and will be arraigned on the charges on Feb. 18.
A University of Dayton spokesperson thanked and praised the work of investigators that led to the indictment on charges today.
“We appreciate the work of the Dayton Police, the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office and the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office to fully investigate this tragic accident. Our campus community continues to grieve Michael’s loss and pray for his family and friends,” the spokesperson said in a statement emailed to News Center 7.
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