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Putnam sheriff says man arrested in April 30 fatal hit and run

Putnam County's sheriff says Lawrence D. Perkins of Buffalo was arrested on the felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving death or personal injury and the misdemeanor charge of accident involving death or personal injury. (Putnam County Sheriff's Office)

Putnam County’s sheriff said a man has been arrested in an April 30 fatal hit and run on Route 35 near the Buffalo Bridge.

Lawrence D. Perkins of Buffalo was arrested on the felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving death or personal injury and the misdemeanor charge of accident involving death or personal injury, Putnam County Sheriff Steve Deweese said Friday.

While being passed in a section of Route 35 near the Buffalo Bridge, a pickup truck appeared to steer into the path of the passing car, causing the car to crash into a power pole, investigators said.

Phillip Cartee of South Webster, Ohio, died at the scene. His wife, the passenger in the car, told investigators the truck appeared to intentionally steer into them.

The truck fled the scene, but investigators said when the truck driver came in to talk Monday night, he said it was an accident.


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