Box pleads guilty to fairgrounds hit-and-run

By Jonathan Delozier -

The killer who ran down a Lorain woman as she left the Lorain County Fair on its closing night has pleaded guilty.

Gregg Box, 61, admitted to striking and killing pedestrian Linda Velez, 38, with his Ford Mustang on Aug. 28 as she and her family were leaving the Wellington fairgrounds.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Defense attorney John Toth had requested a hearing to determine Box’s competency to trial on Nov. 29, but withdrew the motion on Jan. 13.

Box is guilty of aggravated vehicular homicide, intoxicated driving, and leaving the scene of a crash.

The latter charges came from his flight, during which he damaged a residential mailbox on Rt. 18 and rear-ended a car at a traffic light on US 20 in Pittsfield Township before being arrested by the Ohio Highway Patrol.

Authorities found Box at Burger King in Wellington after a woman he allegedly rear-ended gave officers his license plate number and traveling direction. Marijuana and $8,661 in cash were discovered in his car.

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

He remains in jail and awaits sentencing before Lorain County Court of Common Pleas judge John Miraldi.

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

By Jonathan Delozier