COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – The driver in the death of Mount Vernon teen Chelsea Alaimo has been charged with four counts of OVI and one count of Vehicular Homicide.
Investigators say Curtis Hull was behind the wheel when 17-year-old Alaimo was hit. She was in a crosswalk around 7:20 p.m. on November 8, 2015. She died just a short time later.
Alaimo was a senior at Mount Vernon High School
Investigators initially said she crossed against the sign, and 34-year-old Curtis Hull was released. But toxicology results came back, and Hull could face up to ten years and nearly $25,000 in fines.
“Naw man, why? So they can have me all over the f—ing news man. That’s bulls–t, man,” says Hull via video conference from the Knox County Jail. He was in a bond hearing with Judge John Thatcher.
Hull was already in custody on an unrelated post release control violation.
He was behind the wheel the night Alaimo was killed.
He stayed until help arrived and cooperated with authorities, even giving a voluntary urine sample.
Hull did not appear to be intoxicated. But then the toxicology results came back.
“It’s tragic. I have a 16-year-old son. So this is close to home for me,” says Knox County Prosecutor Chip McConville.
He says Hull had evidence of cocaine, marijuana, and heroin in his system.
“Twenty cops let me go at the time of the accident. My parole officer told me to turn myself in and I did,” said Hull.
Hull had a long history of felony and misdemeanor offenses, including drug charges and failures to appear.
He must pay the entire $250K bond to be released.
His next court appearance is set for Feb. 1.