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Fostoria man indicted on multiple charges after death of 7-year-old in crash




Fostoria, Ohio — A Fostoria man has been indicted by a Wood County grand jury on multiple charges following an April 2021 crash in which a 7-year-old child was killed.

27-year-old Nathaniel D. Rivera, of Fostoria, was indicted Thursday in the Wood County Court of Common Pleas on two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, one of the counts being a second-degree felony and the other being a third-degree felony; two counts of aggravated vehicular assault, a third-degree felony; and OVI (operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse, or a combination of them), a first-degree misdemeanor.

Rivera is accused of causing the death of a 7-year-old passenger while driving impaired, and causing the injuries of two other passengers. He is currently incarcerated at the Carson City Correctional Facility in Carson City, Michigan for a probation violation, according to court records.

On April 8, 2021, emergency crews were dispatched to a report of a single-vehicle crash on Bradner Road near Sugar Ridge Road in Troy Township, Wood County, Ohio.

The initial investigation indicated the vehicle, operated by Rivera, left the roadway and struck a ditch culvert, causing injuries to all four occupants in the vehicle.

7-year-old Cameron Fredritz, of Fostoria, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Rivera, along with 30-year-old Monica Epley and 6-year-old Brielle Fredritz, were transported from the scene for medical treatment.

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