FROM JUDGMENT ENTERED IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS COUNTY OF
LORAIN, OHIO CASE No. 16CR093093
APPEARANCES: STEPHAN P. HANUDEL, Attorney at Law, for
P. WILL, Prosecuting Attorney, and NATASHA RUIZ GUERRIERI,
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, for Appellee.
DECISION AND JOURNAL ENTRY.
A. SCHAFER JUDGE.
Defendant-Appellant, Cameron Wolfe, appeals his conviction
for reckless vehicular assault in the Lorain County Court of
Common Pleas. For the reasons that follow, we affirm.
On December 28, 2015, Wolfe was driving T.K.'s pickup
truck with T.K. riding in the front passenger seat and Dean
B. in a rear passenger seat. At approximately 7:05 p.m.,
Wolfe lost control of the vehicle and crashed, severely
The Lorain County Grand Jury subsequently indicted Wolfe on
the following charges: (I) vehicular assault in violation of
R.C. 2903.08(A)(2)(b), a felony of the third degree; (II)
tampering with evidence in violation of R.C. 2921.12(A)(1), a
felony of the third degree; (III) failing to stop after an
accident resulting in serious harm to a person in violation
of R.C. 4549.02(A), a fifth degree felony; (IV) receiving
stolen property in violation of R.C. 2913.51(A), a first
degree misdemeanor; (V) driving under suspension in violation
of R.C. 4510.11(A), a first degree misdemeanor; (VI) willful
or wanton disregard of safety on highways, in violation of
R.C. 4511.20(A), a minor misdemeanor; and (VII) operating a
vehicle without reasonable control in violation of R.C.
4511.202(A), a minor misdemeanor. Wolfe pleaded not guilty at
his arraignment and the matter proceeded through the pretrial
Wolfe eventually withdrew his not guilty pleas as to counts
three, five, and seven, and subsequently entered a plea of
guilty to those counts. Wolfe waived his right to a jury
trial and the remaining counts were tried to the bench.
At the close of the State's case in chief, the trial
court granted Wolfe's motion for acquittal as to count
four, but denied the motion as to count two. The trial court
ultimately found Wolfe guilty of counts one, two and six and
sentenced Wolfe according to law.
Wolfe filed this timely appeal, raising one assignment of
error for our review.
trial court erred by finding [Wolfe] guilty of reckless
vehicular assault and willful or wanton ...