Poland surgeon charged in fatal boating crash free on bond
A surgeon from Poland facing four charges in connection with the death of a boater on Berlin Lake waived his arraignment in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday.
Thirty-six-year-old Dr. Joseph Yurich is free on $25,000 bond after being indicted by the Mahoning County Grand Jury on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault, and two counts of operating a vehicle under the influence.
The case has been assigned to Judge John Durkin's court, which will set the next hearing date.
According to investigators, Yurich was one of the operators involved in the May 9th collision between a sixteen-foot fishing boat, and the seventeen-foot Bayliner power boat on Berlin Lake.
The indictment says Dr. Yurich was responsible for the death of 58-year-old Neal Cuppett and for serious injuries sustained by Bruce Lindamood. Both Akron men were in the other boat involved in the crash.
The Portage County coroner ruled that Cuppet's death was accidental.
Investigators say that Yurich was operating the boat under the influence of alcohol
Prosecutors say Yurich yelled at the victims as he left the scene of the accident.
According to State of Ohio medical records, Yurich graduated from the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine in 2004.
His license to practice medicine expires is scheduled to expire in 2017.