Trial date set for man charged in fatal West Chester Twp. pedestrian strike

A trial date has been set for a man accused of striking and killing a woman walking along a West Chester Twp. Road last spring.

On May 29, Sherry Berna Haywood was killed after she was struck by a vehicle while walking on Muhlhauser Road just west of Ohio 747. The driver of the vehicle left the scene, but following a two–month investigation, a suspect was charged with aggravated vehicular homicide.

After nine continuances in Butler County Common Pleas Court, a trial date was set Tuesday for Miguel Gomez-Alvarez.

Gomez-Alvarez, 31, was indicted by a Butler County grand jury on July 20 for aggravated vehicular homicide, failure to stop after an accident and operating a vehicle under the influence for allegedly hitting Haywood with his SUV killing her then leaving the scene.

Judge Noah Powers II set the trial to begin March 20 and last five days. Gomez-Alvarez remains housed in the Butler County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond.

A security guard called West Chester Police after finding the 46-year-old Cincinnati on Muhlhauser Road just west of Ohio 747. She was dead at the scene. Haywood died of multiple traumatic injuries, according to the Butler County Coroner’s Office.

Prosecutors say Gomez-Alvarez had consumed alcohol and was driving without ever obtaining a license when he hit Haywood and fled. The badly damage SUV was found by a West Chester police officer on June 2 at The Willows Apartment Complex off Chesterdale Drive in Springdale.

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