Erie County Sheriff's Office
Woman arrested for vehicular assault
Feb 10, 2014 at 11:12 AM
Sandra Hoff, 19, of Howard Drive, was charged with two counts of aggravated vehicular assault along with reckless operation and failure to control.
Hoff was driving a Pontiac Sunfire on Church Road the afternoon of May 28 when it veered off the road and slammed into a pole and tree, according to an Erie County deputy’s report.
Hoff and her passengers, Ridge Newsom,17, and his brother Cole, 11, were each injured in the crash, with Ridge suffering serious injuries, the report stated.
Hoff allegedly said she struck a pothole that forced her off the road, but later said she couldn’t remember the crash.
Neighbors who gathered around the crash scene said they heard a car speeding far too fast to clear an impending curve in the road. Deputies meanwhile, said Hoff’s story didn’t match up with evidence found at the scene.
A few days later, deputies tested the Sunfire’s air bag control module with the help of Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers.
The module indicated Hoff was traveling at 82 mph within a few seconds of the crash, the report said.
Prosecutors recently authorized charges against Hoff because of the reckless nature of the crash, and she turned herself in on those charges Saturday afternoon, Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth said.
Hoff was taken to the Erie County jail and later released, Sigsworth said.