Bond was set at $75,000 with no 10 percent allowed for Thomas D. Nugent, 29, Kimbolton, when he appeared in Cambridge Municipal Court Monday (April 15) to answer to two felony charges stemming from a fatal hit-skip accident Saturday morning on Old 21 Road.
Nugent is facing single counts of failure to stop after an accident and tampering with evidence, third-degree felonies. He remained incarcerated in the Guernsey County jail.
The accident claimed the life of 15-year-old Brandon Pethtel and seriously injured Dillon Durben, 14.
Pethtel and Durben were transported by United Ambulance to Southeastern Med before being transferred to Nationwide Children's Hospital by medical helicopter. Pethtel was pronounced dead upon arrival at the Columbus hospital.
According to reports, Durben remained in "stable" condition at the hospital.
Both boys were residents of the Kimbolton area.
Sheriff Mike McCauley said officials expect to present the case against Nugent to a grand jury of the Guernsey County Common Pleas Court seeking applicable charges in connection with the accident and death of Pethtel.
The sheriff's office, based on witness accounts, said Durben was operating an all-terrain vehicle towing a riding lawn mower being ridden by Pethtel when they were struck from behind by a small red vehicle that fled the scene. The vehicle was last seen traveling west on Route 541 (Plainfield Road).
A short time after the accident, deputies recovered a piece of the vehicle that was found on Plainfield Road.
The vehicle was reportedly located Sunday morning hidden inside a barn near where the accident occurred. It was towed from the barn and impounded by the sheriff's office.
Nugent was taken into custody at approximately 10:40 a.m. Sunday, April 14.
According to the municipal court's website, Nugent has a lengthy criminal history including convictions for possession of marijuana, drug abuse, operating a vehicle while under the influence, driving while under suspension, failure to maintain reasonable control and other traffic violations.
A preliminary hearing for Nugent is scheduled for 3 p.m. on April 23 in the municipal court.
Liberty volunteer firefighters assisted at the scene of the accident.