FREMONT: A driver from Portage County who troopers say was traveling at more than 125 mph has been found incompetent to stand trial on charges that he killed a 77-year-old couple in a fiery crash.
The decision by a judge in northwestern Ohio means Andrew Gans, 24, of Kent, will be sent to a psychiatric hospital in Toledo. Doctors will have a year to determine if Gans can become competent to stand trial, his attorney said.
Gans had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to vehicular homicide charges after authorities say he struck a minivan on the Ohio Turnpike in November, killing a Toledo couple.
Troopers said Gans was driving so fast that they weren’t able to catch or keep up with his car before the crash near Fremont, about 40 miles southeast of Toledo. The victims, Wilbur and Margaret McCoy, were trapped inside the minivan, investigators said.
A Sandusky County judge on Tuesday ruled that Gans was incompetent to stand trial following a mental health evaluation, attorney Terry Rudes said.
Gans has a history of mental health issues and has been hospitalized for psychiatric care before, Rudes said. Prosecutors likely would try to keep Gans at a psychiatric hospital if he can’t be deemed competent for trial, his attorney said.
Troopers said Gans told them after the crash that he had been drinking and took prescription drugs, but authorities later said blood tests showed he did not have either in his system.
Gans suffered injuries that were not life-threatening and was hospitalized for psychiatric evaluation after the crash.