Teen sentenced in fatal Warren County crash

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Teen sentenced in fatal Warren County crash

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This memorial on Springboro Road in Warren County is in memory of Noah Theiss, 17, of Franklin Twp., who died in a fatal crash in May on this stretch of road. The driver, Hosny Mousa, 15, charged with aggravated causing Theiss’ death was ordered Friday to enter the Montgomery County Center for Adolescent Services. LAWRENCE BUDD/STAFF

A 15-year-old Montgomery County boy was ordered on Friday to enter the county’s Center for Adolescent Services for causing the death of his 17-year-old friend in a crash on May 25 just south of Springboro.

During a hearing in Montgomery County Juvenile Court, Judge Nick Kuntz sentenced Hosny Mousa to state detention, but suspended it. He then placed Mousa on probation for one year, ordered him to pay the victim’s family $500 through a county work program and complete 40 hours of community service, including “sharing your experiences with other young people so they won’t want to experience the same thing.”

Assistant County Prosecutor Julie Bruns urged Kuntz to place Mousa with the Ohio Department of Youth Services due the seriousness of the offense and loss of life.

Noah Theiss, 17, of Franklin Twp. was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. He had just completed his junior year at Bishop Fenwick High School.

Kuntz also suspended Mousa’s ability to get a drivers license until he turned 21.

Kuntz noted Mousa had a string of traffic offenses dating back to 2011.

Mousa was already on probation in Montgomery County Juvenile Court for driving without an operator’s license several weeks after the crash on a winding stretch of Springboro Road in Clearcreek Twp.

In October, after he pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide in Warren County Juvenile Court, the case was transferred to Montgomery County for sentencing.

On Friday in Dayton, Mousa hugged Theiss’ father, Mike Theiss, after apologizing to his friend’s family, following a hearing where his lawyer, Barbara Martin, repeatedly wept as she read a statement pleading for leniency.

“Hosny will be haunted by this tragic accident forever,” she said.

Mike Theiss disputed Mousa’s version of the incident, but forgave him.

“I only hope the best for you,” he said.

Martin also said Mousa suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder due to the crash and needed the services he could get at the county center, located in New Lebanon, rather than state detention “where he might be further traumatized.”

The in-house program lasts about six months, Kuntz said. Mousa will be monitored for 18 months after the year spent on probation. Kuntz said Mousa could have his record expunged and might be allowed to get a drivers license sooner.

“Life goes on for you,” Kuntz said.

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