Driver Charged After Woman Struck, Killed Leaving Jail

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Heather Smith. (Photo credit: Stark County Sheriff's Office)

CANTON, Ohio — Charges were filed on Wednesday morning against the man authorities believe struck and killed a woman shortly after she was released from jail on July 7th.

According to Canton City Prosecutor Ty Hauritz, a warrant has been issued for the arrest of Richard Schreckengost Jr., 30, for his role in the death of Heather Smith, 29, of Canton.

According to Hauritz, Schreckengost Jr., is wanted on a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident and misdemeanor counts of vehicular manslaughter, driving in marked lanes, failure to control and speeding.

Hauritz says that the prosecutors office has been in contact with Schreckengost’s attorney and it is expected Schreckengost will surrender to authorities at some point today.

Canton Police investigator Rick Walters said Smith was believed to have been struck by a car between 1:15-1:45 a.m. on Saturday, July 7th, in the 3800 block of Route 62. She had been released from the Stark County Jail just after 1 a.m.

Smith’s body was found along a fence line hours later.

According to Hauritz, evidence left at the scene from the suspect’s vehicle as well as information obtained from the vehicle’s information module, or ‘Black Box’, was used to determine the how the accident occurred.

Hauritz says that authorities have no evidence to suggest that Schreckengost Jr., was under the influence at the time of the accident.