Woman guilty in hit-run

Christina Merlo ran over biker with pickup, fled during 2013 bike week
Courtney Astolfi
Apr 17, 2014


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.



She needs to get 10 yrs! And never be allowed to drive again!


I heard she shouted something about "scooter trash".


Throw the book at her!



he said she said

wonder if she'll go down to bike week this year and do the same


They won't do anything to her. Just slap her hands.

Locoboriqua1970's picture

A drunk almost killed me in 2008 while I was riding my motorcycle, I am still having surgeries to correct the damage and the law key her go because it her age. Never mind the fact she was twice three legal limit drunk.... sad, throw the book at her...

Stop It

Type this again when you're sober. It may make sense, then.


You have to wonder why this one went to a plea bargain. The charges left out, leaving the scene, and operating under suspension were both slam dunk convictions, and there were plenty or witnesses to establish failure to yield. There should be no breaks or deals in this case.