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Woman guilty in hit-run

Courtney Astolfi • Apr 17, 2014 at 2:20 PM

A Sandusky woman accepted a plea deal Tuesday on charges stemming from a June 2013 hit-and-run incident involving a biker.

Christina Merlo, 30, of the 400 block of Hendry St., pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular assault, a thirddegree felony, and operating a vehicle under the influence.

Merlo was driving a Ford F-150 north on Columbus Avenue at about 2 a.m., June 6 when turned onto Washington Row and struck a biker who was headed south on Columbus Avenue.

The truck barreled nearly head-on into Robert Rummel, 40, of Palatine, Ill., police later said.

After the collision, Merlo threw her vehicle into reverse, backing over Rummel and flipping his bike.

Merlo then fled south but was later arrested by Sandusky police.

Rummel suffered multiple severe bone fractures as a result and was flown by medical helicopter to a Toledo hospital for treatment.

Merlo was originally charged with aggravated vehicular assault, leaving the scene of an accident, operating a vehicle under the influence, driving under suspension and failure to yield the right of way.

She’ll be sentenced on June 26. The crash happened during Ohio Bike Week.

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