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Man Charged in Deadly Monroe Manor Crash in Woodsfield

An elderly resident of the Monroe Manor has been charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter after his vehicle plowed into another residence at the senior living apartment complex earlier this month, killing two people.

Heber Dougherty, 81, of the Monroe Manor in Woodsfield has been charged with two first-degree misdemeanor counts of vehicular manslaughter and failure to control.

“We allege he was operating the vehicle negligently,” Monroe County Prosecutor James Peters said, adding that Dougherty failed to maintain control of the vehicle which led to the crash.

Peters said his office did not request an arrest warrant for Dougherty.

He said a summons was issued with an arraignment date set for Aug. 31.

According to prior reports, around 12:50 p.m. Aug. 3 Dougherty accelerated at a high rate of speed through the Monroe Manor parking lot, traveling over the parking barrier onto the sidewalk and then into the residence at 201 Monroe Manor, located on Lewisville Road, Woodsfield.

Toni Indiciani, 69, and James Welling, 55, were inside the apartment when the vehicle came through the living room area.

Welling was pronounced dead at the scene, while Indiciani died en route to the hospital.

On the day of the incident, Woodsfield Fire Chief Mike Young said he believed the victims had been watching television when the vehicle crashed into the residence.

Dougherty and an elderly passenger in his vehicle were treated at local hospitals.


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