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Dayton husband in 1-car crash charged with felony offenses

| Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, 11:27 p.m.

Police say a Dayton man recovering from injuries suffered in a New Year's Eve car crash in Cowanshannock Township has been charged with felony offenses in connection with that crash.

Kody Michael Righi, 28, is expected to be arrested — pending his release from hospital — on eight felony counts of aggravated assault and misdemeanor charges, which include 10 counts of simple assault and five counts of reckless endangerment.

The one-car crash occurred at about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday on Route 839, north of Route 85, while Righi's wife, Chytel Righi, was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier, state police said.

State trooper Terry Geibel, who filed the charges against Righi, said the crash was a result of a domestic situation.

“He (Kody Righi) was a passenger. It was a domestic situation between a husband and a wife,” Geibel said. “She was driving. He jerked the wheel, which caused the vehicle to go off the road.”

According to police, the car hit a culvert and rolled onto its roof.

Chytel Righi's four children — ages 2, 4, 7 and 11 — were in the vehicle at the time of the crash and suffered severe injuries.

They were listed in stable condition in Children's Hospital on Thursday.

Chytel and Kody Righi were transported to UPMC Presbyterian with severe injuries.

Initial reports that a person was killed in the crash were incorrect.

Kody Righi is expected to remain in the hospital for several weeks, Geibel said.

Charges against Righi have been filed with District Judge Samuel Goldstrohm's office. A preliminary hearing date has not been set.

Brigid Beatty is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-543-1303 or bbeatty@tribweb.com.

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