On Wednesday, a Wood County grand jury has indicted 32-year-old Aaron Hilt for allegedly crashing into an Arlington school bus early this month.
Hilt is facing 13 counts of aggravated vehicular assault. All counts are third-degree felonies after allegedly sending students and faculty to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He has also been indicted on a fifth-degree felony for vandalism and two counts of operating a vehicle while under the influence.
If Hilt is convicted, each charge for aggravated vehicular assault has a maximum penalty of five years in prison. While adding an additional year for the vandalism charge. That could total to 66 years of prison time.
The incident occured September 7th at 9:15 p.m. where Hilt went off the interstate and through a fence that stopped on the side of the road. Hilt was allegedly under the influence, but refused to take a test, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The accident occured on I-75 near the Eagle Road exit when the junior high football team was traveling back from a game at Elmwood. There were 39 students and staff on board. The bus driver was able to make a controlled stop when getting hit.
Hilt is currently incarcerated at the Wood County Jail with a $50,000 bond while waiting to be arraigned October 2nd.