Wilmington man pleads guilty to vehicular homicide


WILMINGTON — On Tuesday, Anthony Stevens pleaded guilty in Clinton County Common Pleas Court to aggravated vehicular homicide and an O.V.I. charge.

The charges stem from a fatal head-on crash April 27, 2021 resulting in the death of 55-year-old Terry M. Scott, of Dayton.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP), Stevens, 58, of Wilmington, was operating a red 2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac, traveling southbound on State Route 380. Stevens struck Scott, who was driving a 2016 Harley-Davidson motorcycle going northbound.

The OSHP stated Stevens drove left of center to avoid striking a stopped car yielding to northbound traffic before turning left onto Inwood Road. This vehicle was not involved in the crash.

Stevens drove left of center and struck the motorcycle head-on, authorities said.

Scott was pronounced dead at the scene by Chester Township EMS and the Clinton County Coroner’s Office, the OSHP said, adding that he was not wearing a helmet at the time of crash.

Alcohol and/or drugs were indicated to be involved in the crash, according to the OSHP.

Stevens has had a series of criminal charges over the past 25 years, including serving jail time on a prior driving under the influence offense in 2002.

According to Clinton County Municipal Court, he received a 30-day jail sentence in 1996 for domestic violence. He was fined $255 for drug paraphernalia possession and persistent disorderly conduct in 1997. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail after pleading guilty to driving under the influence and received a suspended 60-day jail sentence in 2006 for obstructing official business.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on May 4. He’s currently incarcerated in the Clinton County Jail.

Reach John Hamilton at 937-382-2574

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