CLEVELAND (WJW) – A 20-year-old man is now facing several charges including, aggravated vehicular homicide, following a hit and run crash that killed a 39-year-old woman and seriously injured two young children.
Robert Artis, was charged Tuesday by Cleveland police in connection with the May 2 crash that happened around 6 P.M. on Kinsman.
Police say Artis was driving at a high rate of speed when he crashed into the car, occupied by five people. Artis then fled the scene.
Theresa Scott was a passenger in the vehicle that was struck. She died last week.
“I am so thankful to Cleveland police for finding the person responsible,” said Ken Lundy, a captain with the East Cleveland police department. “We are relieved that he is behind bars.”
Lundy says his one niece, 7-year-old Shanila Lundy remains hospitalized.
“She is doing a little better, she is awake,” Lundy said. He added that she had a fractured skull.
“ She may be deaf in one ear and has injuries to her spinal cord,” Lundy said. “ This has been devastating on our entire family.”
Artis is currently behind bars.