Man accused in LC Fair hit-and-run may not be competent to stand trial


By Jonathan Delozier - jdelozier@civitasmedia.com



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Attorneys representing Gregg Box, the suspect in a fatal hit-and-run incident just outside of the Lorain County Fairgrounds this past summer, filed a motion Nov. 29 to determine their client’s competency to stand trial.

Pretrial proceedings have been extended to Dec. 19, according to court records. John Toth, Box’s defense attorney, could not be reached for comment.

Box, 61, of Strongsville, is accused of killing Linda Velez, 38, of Lorain, when his Ford Mustang struck her on Fairgrounds Road. The incident happened around 9:15 p.m. on Aug. 28 as Velez and her family were leaving the fair.

He fled the scene, and before being caught by the Ohio Highway Patrol, damaged a residential mailbox on Rt. 18 and rear-ended a car at a traffic light on US 20 in Pittsfield Township, according to prosecutors.

Authorities arrested Box at Burger King in Wellington after the the woman he allegedly rear-ended gave officers his license plate number and traveling direction.

Box told arresting officers he thought he was in Wadsworth, according to police reports.

He faces aggravated vehicular homicide and intoxicated driving charges, two counts of leaving the scene of a crash, and a drug possession charge after marijuana and $8,661 in cash was discovered in his car.

Box pleaded not guilty to the charges in Oberlin Municipal Court and was held at the Lorain County Jail on $500,000 bond.

Jonathan Delozier can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @DelozierNews on Twitter.

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By Jonathan Delozier

jdelozier@civitasmedia.com