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Charges may be refiled in Dayton family crash

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By Brigid Beatty

Published: Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

Charges have been withdrawn against a Dayton man accused in connection with a New Year's Eve crash in Cowanshannock, but are expected to be refiled once he is discharged from the hospital after treatment for injuries he suffered in the accident, a district judge said Friday.

Kody Michael Righi, 28, was charged with eight felony counts of aggravated assault and misdemeanor, which include 10 counts of simple assault and five counts of reckless endangerment, in connection with the crash in which his wife, Chytel Righi and her four children were all in the car and injured.

“He will be recharged after he is discharged from the hospital,” District Judge Samuel Goldstrohm said.

The one-car crash on Route 839 occurred when Righi allegedly jerked the steering wheel during a domestic incident while his wife was driving, which caused the Chevrolet Cavalier to go off the road, Trooper Terry Geibel said.

All four children, ages 2, 4, 7 and 11, suffered severe injuries and were later listed in stable condition at Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh.

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

No updates were available Friday from UPMC Presbyterian and Children's Hospital on the conditions of Kody, Chytel and the children.

All of Righi's 23 charges were withdrawn and his arrest warrant was canceled on Jan. 8 because of the injuries sustained, Goldstrohm said Friday. The decision was made during a consultation with District Attorney Scott Andreassi and state police concerning the defendant's right to a speedy trial, he said.

 

 
 


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