Woman arrested in hit-and-run

She's behind bars after allegedly plowing her pickup over a biker and fleeing the scene Thursday morning. Victim's condition upgraded.
Register
Jun 7, 2013

By COURTNEY ASTOLFI
astolfi@sanduskyregister.com 

Christina Merlo, 29, of the 400 block of Hendry St., was 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.

Merlo allegedly drove a Ford F150 over Robert Rummel, 40, of Palatine, Ill., at about 2 a.m. at Columbus Avenue and Washington Row.

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She was headed north on Columbus Avenue, while Rummel and his fellow Chicago-area bikers were headed south. She went to turn left onto Washington Row and barrelled into Rummel nearly head-on, a police report said. 

Merlo then threw her pickup into reverse and backed over Rummel, flipping his bike over before she fled south on Columbus Avenue, the report said. 

Rummel suffered multiple severe bone fractures. He was first taken by ambulance to Firelands Regional Medical Center, then flown by medical helicopter to the University of Toledo Medical Center, where late Thursday he was listed in fair condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.

 

Comments

TAKINGBACKOURTO...

She is smiling in her mug shot!!!! She looks like she shows no remorse, glad to hear the biker is doing good. Hope she gets sits her butt in jail for awhile.

The Answer Person

Local scumbags strike again.

Floyd P

This woman should also be charged with lack of brains. Who gets behind the wheel without a valid license, gets hammered at 2am, hits an innocent victim, backs over him, then flees the scene because she knew damn well she was wasted with no valid license? Oh yeah, happens around here on a weekly basis.

ritt

Didn't the one article say she had called the police from her home....said she was having a "panic attack" over the whole thing? Mugshot sure looks like a panic attack to me. Would love to know more about her........as in can she pay for that poor guy's hospital bill, bike repair, etc. My best to the guy, his family and friends. As for the girl, thanks for atleast calling "thinking" you'd done something.......but your mugshot says it all. I doubt you have any remorse ~ merely hoping for sympathy.

grandmasgirl

My guess would be that since she had no valid driver's license,she has no insurance. That would mean she would have to pay his medical bills out of her own pocket. I suspect that's not going to happen. He needs to sue her. Maybe that will wipe the grin off her face. On the other hand, if she doesn't work, that means we will pay the bill.

richrs

If she doesn't have insurance I'm sure he does and they wil ocver his medical expenses and such. Then the insurance company and he can go after her. Once she gets out of jail that is.

deertracker

Entitlement generation Sprinkles? Any comment TBone?????????

Unassumer

Hope the judge wipes that grin right off her face.

ladydye_5

She seems awfully proud of herself! What a smile!

Ispeed2_69

I'd smack that smile right off her face.... They should put her in the middle of the road and run her over forward and reverse like she did this poor guy.. And for whomever posted that he shouldnt be out at 230 am drinking you are full of it too cause it NEVER said he was drinking just having fun on bikes with friends then he comes across this LOSER B2t$ch from sandumpy shes a prime example of that

heaven-leigh

Actually, I believe they were referring to HER out drinking at 2am and no need to slam our town for what this loser did.

concernedtruth

here is this wonderful womens record:
Concerning: Merlo, Christina
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 11/02/2011
Arr. Agency: N/A Case #: CVG1102065
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: FORCIBLE ENTRY
Case Type: Civil
2 Concerning: Merlo, Christina L
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 06/03/2005
Arr. Agency: CP Case #: CRB0502010
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: DIS W/INTOX
Case Type: Criminal
3 Concerning: Merlo, Christina L
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 07/13/2007
Arr. Agency: SSPD Case #: CRB0703196A
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: DISORDERLY COND
Case Type: Criminal
4 Concerning: Merlo, Christina L
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 07/13/2007
Arr. Agency: SSPD Case #: CRB0703196B
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: RESISTING ARR
Case Type: Criminal
5 Concerning: Merlo, Christina L
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 03/08/2010
Arr. Agency: OSP Case #: TRC1001050A
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: O V I
Case Type: Traffic
6 Concerning: Merlo, Christina L
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 03/08/2010
Arr. Agency: OSP Case #: TRC1001050B
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: ONE BRAKE LIGHT
Case Type: Traffic
7 Concerning: Merlo, Christina L
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 10/25/2010
Arr. Agency: SPK Case #: TRD1004923A
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: NO O.L.
Case Type: Traffic
8 Concerning: Merlo, Christina L
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 10/25/2010
Arr. Agency: SPK Case #: TRD1004923B
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: STOP SIGN VIOL
Case Type: Traffic
9 Concerning: Merlo, Christina L
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 05/02/2011
Arr. Agency: SSPD Case #: CRB1101132A
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: DISORDERLY COND
Case Type: Criminal
10 Concerning: Merlo, Christina L
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 05/02/2011
Arr. Agency: SSPD Case #: CRB1101132B
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: ASSAULT
Case Type: Criminal
11 Concerning: Merlo, Christina L
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 10/11/2011
Arr. Agency: SSPD Case #: TRC1104212A
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: O V I
Case Type: Traffic
12 Concerning: Merlo, Christina L
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 10/11/2011
Arr. Agency: SPD Case #: TRC1104212B
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: ONE WAY ST VIOL
Case Type: Traffic
13 Concerning: Merlo, Christina L
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 10/11/2011
Arr. Agency: SPD Case #: TRC1104212C
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: LEFT OF CENTER
Case Type: Traffic
14 Concerning: Merlo, Christina L
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 06/06/2013
Arr. Agency: SSPD Case #: CRA1302313A
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: AGG VEH ALCOHOL
Case Type: Criminal
15 Concerning: Merlo, Christina L
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 06/06/2013
Arr. Agency: SSPD Case #: CRA1302313B
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: HIT SKIP RUN
Case Type: Criminal
16 Concerning: Merlo, Christina L
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 06/06/2013
Arr. Agency: SSPD Case #: TRC1303174A
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: O V I
Case Type: Traffic
17 Concerning: Merlo, Christina L
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 06/06/2013
Arr. Agency: SSPD Case #: TRC1303174B
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: DUS
Case Type: Traffic
18 Concerning: Merlo, Christina L
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 06/06/2013
Arr. Agency: SSPD Case #: TRC1303174C
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: HIT SKIP RUN
Case Type: Traffic
19 Concerning: Merlo, Christina L
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 06/06/2013
Arr. Agency: SSPD Case #: TRC1303174D
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: F T Y R O W
Case Type: Traffic

saxkris

That sure is a lengthy record, hopefully she pays for hurting that man!

OH-IO

Potentially a bad girl friend and definitely a possible murder. Don't mess with her Edy's Ice Cream!

Swiftshot

She needs to stay behind bars. Bubbinas girl hopefully.

OH-IO

She might like jail. For some it's a cess pool of enjoyment. She's definitely going to prison. 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. I know of someone in the Sandusky area that got 6 years for hit and run for less violations.

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2cents

They left off the (T) at the end of her name : )

My best to the fellow from Chicago, not all the locals are this nuts!

hungry

This is her fourth DUI, put her in prison!!

LadyC

I'm not making excuses for this girl or anyone else, but alcohol and drugs can really screw things up! Her facebook page shows a lot of pictures of a cute little girl (hers) and quite a few more of her being a party girl. Too bad a lot of these young parents don't have better judgment.

Nemesis

She is a poster child for what is wrong with Sandusky - she's the epitome of the people whose interests the city commissioners seem bent on serving.

Left Sandtown

This is only order,county Jail,court,Prison-2yrs(now it sounds like the victim will make it through)Probation 3yrs,and AA the rest of her life.With her pattern to date if this isn`t followed,she`lllose her child and most likely someone will lose their life.Hoping the victim recovers and can lead a normal life.God Bless.

usmc21

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BEHAPPY

I hope everything turned out ok~there was an accident on the 250 ramp that looked like motorcycles involved. Road was blocked all the way to Perkins Ave.

wedge1

Man, she looks absolutely wasted in that mugshot! Y can't these drunken idiots just stay home?? And how can our justice system allow her to have 3 DUI's and yet be able to own/possess/have access to a vehicle so she could go get a 4th?
5+ years of sobriety behind bars might help this clod turn her life around.