Family questions why charges took so long in aggravated vehicular homicide case
Six months have passed since 41-year-old mother-of-two, Jennifer Moreland, was killed after a pickup truck crashed into her home in January.
"She was just my best friend and uh, it's hard to live without her." Joshua Moreland, Jennifer's husband, said. "She just had a huge heart. She really did."
The driver of the vehicle, Joseph Matz, entered a not guilty plea during his arraignment Thursday.
It was just last month the 20-year-old was indicted on six counts, including aggravated vehicular homicide and aggravated vehicular assault, which are both felony charges.
"I don't know, I've uh, I've really been struggling," Moreland said.
Jennifer's husband also sustained injuries in the incident and tells 21 News the family is frustrated with how long it took for Matz to be charged.
"I don't understand the legal process, but to me, it just seems like he should have already been in jail. I mean seriously," he said.
Police and prosecutors had been waiting on test results from the Ohio Crime Lab before formally charging Matz. He faces three counts of OVI.
The five month wait on toxicology test results are due to a back log of tests at the lab.
"I feel like she's getting forgotten. And that hurts. That's what's been bothering me. I feel like he's just living her life and she doesn't have hers anymore," Moreland said.
Matz is free on bond, which is something Moreland says confuses him and is unacceptable.