Upper Arlington News

Man charged after striking bicyclist in UA

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

An Upper Arlington man has been charged with operating a vehicle while under the influence after he allegedly hit a bicyclist near the intersection of McCoy and Kenny roads Sunday, Nov. 3.

Andrew S. Inglis, 30, also was charged with failure to maintain assured clear distance and failure to stop following an accident.

According to Upper Arlington police, Inglis’ Lincoln MKZ sedan hit cyclist Steve Wartenberg on McCoy Road around 11:44 a.m. Nov. 3.

Wartenberg, 55, is a business reporter for The Columbus Dispatch. He is in critical condition at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital with multiple broken bones.

According to a police press release, Wartenberg was riding his bike east in the 1300 block of McCoy Road when he was struck from behind by a motorist – identified by police as Ingles - who failed to stop and continued eastbound from the area of the crash.

Wartenberg’s wife, Susan Cunningham, said police told her some witnesses to the crash ran to help her husband while others chased down the car.

The failure to maintain assured clear distance charge is a minor misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $150 fine.

The OVI and failure to stop citations both are first-degree misdemeanors. Each is punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. 

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