Judge: Suspect accused of running red light in fatal crash has ‘extensive criminal history’

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Ladarius Hawkins appears in court on aggravated vehicular homicide charge for a fatal crash in Middletown.

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Bond was set at $300,000 this morning for a Middletown man charged with aggravated vehicular homicide for allegedly running a red light and killing the driver of another vehicle.

Ladarius V. Hawkins, 28, of Middletown, also was charged with OVI, drug abuse/marijuana, red light violation and driving under suspension, according to court documents.

Middletown Municipal Court Judge James Sherron set bond at $250,000 for the aggravated vehicular homicide and $50,000 for the OVI.


After looking at Hawkins’ police record, Sherron said Hawkins had an “extensive criminal history” and he read the details in court. Hawkins moved from Florida to Ohio in 2011, he told the judge. Sherron noted that when Hawkins lived in Florida, he was a fugitive.

“No, sir,” he told the judge.

Hawkins’ preliminary hearing was set for April 8 in Middletown Municipal Court. He will be appointed an attorney.

The preliminary investigation revealed a 2004 Pontiac Bonneville, driven by Hawkins, was northbound on Dixie Highway when he failed to yield to a red light and struck the 2009 Honda CR-V driven by Roger Lohman, 78, of Middletown, at 8:20 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Dixie and Manchester Road.

Lohman was pronounced dead at the scene, and his passenger, Norma Lohman, was taken to Atrium Medical Center and then to Miami Valley Hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to a release from the State Highway Patrol.

Alcohol and/or drugs are suspected to be a contributing factor in the crash, according to the patrol. The crash remains under investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Hawkins told the state trooper he drank two shots in a Middletown bar, and he was in possession of marijuana. He was appointed Kathleen Batliner as his attorney.

Norma Lohman was in critical condition this morning at Miami Valley Hospital, officials said.