Plea hearing set for Columbiana auditor in traffic death case
A date has been set for a possible plea from Columbiana County Recorder Theresa Bosel charged in connection with a traffic death in Beaver Township.
A hearing has been set for 9 a.m. Friday, September 25, in the court of Mahoning County Judge Molly Johnson for Bosel.
However, in an email to 21 News from Judge Johnson's court, the judge's bailiff wants to make it clear that Bosel has not yet formally consented to accept the plea agreement.
Bosel previously pled not guilty in 2019 to a charge of aggravated vehicular homicide in the death of 69-year-old Cecil Chamberlain of California.
Bosel is also charged with lane straddling and a seat belt violation.
He died when a Jeep driven by Bosel allegedly struck Chamberlain's Ford Fusion on Western Reserve Road in Beaver Township on August 19, 2019.
Bosel also faces a wrongful death and negligence lawsuit filed by Chamberlain's wife, who was injured in the crash.
The civil suit alleges that Bosel was under the influence of prescription drugs and/or "mind-altering substances" when her Jeep allegedly went left of center.
In her answer to the complaint, Bosel has denied the allegations in the lawsuit.
The judge hearing the case has scheduled a September 15 conference to discuss the matter.