Huron man pleads to crash that killed Painesville pas­sen­ger

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - LOCAL NEWS - By An­drew Cass

A Huron man has pleaded guilty to a Sept. 24, 2017, crash that killed his Painesville pas­sen­ger.

Robert McGann, 60, pleaded to sec­ond-de­gree felony ag­gra­vated ve­hic­u­lar homi­cide Nov. 8 in front of Lake County Com­mon Pleas Court Judge Vin­cent A. Cu­lotta.

“I take full re­spon­si­bil­ity your honor,” McGann told the judge.

Ac­cord­ing to the Lake County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, the crash oc­curred when McGann was driv­ing his 2004 Jeep Grand Chero­kee on Route 2 to­ward Route 44. As the ve­hi­cle ex­ited Route 2 east, the SUV trav­eled off the left side of the of­framp briefly be­fore re-en­ter­ing the ramp and cross­ing the right shoul­der of the ramp.

The lone pas­sen­ger, Michael P. Cor­ri­gan, 57, was ejected from the ve­hi­cle as it over­turned and was thrown about 30 to 35 feet from where the ve­hi­cle ended up.

Both men in­volved in the crash were trans­ported to TriPoint Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Con­cord Town­ship. McGann was sub­se­quently taken to MetroHealth Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Cleve­land. The Sher­iff’s Of­fice said Cor­ri­gan was pro­nounced dead at TriPoint.

“I take full re­spon­si­bil­ity your honor.”

— Robert McGann

A blood draw showed that McGann’s blood al­co­hol con­tent was above the le­gal limit.

McGann was se­cretly in­dicted by the Lake County Grand Jury in April. An ar­raign­ment hear­ing was held in the com­mon pleas court Sept. 14.

He was in­dicted on two counts of sec­ond-de­gree felony ag­gra­vated ve­hic­u­lar homi­cide, two mis­de­meanor OVI counts and one mis­de­meanor count of op­er­at­ing a ve­hi­cle while un­der the in­flu­ence of a con­trolled sub­stance or a listed me­tab­o­lite of a con­trolled sub­stance.

McGann pleaded to one of the ag­gra­vated ve­hic­u­lar homi­cide charges and the other counts in the in­dict­ment are be­ing waived.

He faces a max­i­mum of eight years in prison. A sen­tenc­ing hear­ing is sched­uled for Dec. 10.


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