An Akron man has turned himself in as the suspected driver in a crash that killed an Akron couple in December.

Sirvonte De Romeo Rice, 26, turned himself in to authorities Wednesday and will be held in the Summit County Jail, according to a news release from the Ohio Highway Patrol.

The patrol had obtained warrants for Rice from Akron Municipal Court on two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, both first-degree felonies, and failure to stop after an accident, a second-degree felony, in relation to the crash that killed Nicholas Bobo Jr., 34, and Arielle Davis, 28.

According to the patrol, Rice was driving a 2018 Dodge Charger east on Lindsay Avenue at a high rate of speed. The patrol said Rice failed to obey a stop sign and struck a 2003 Chevrolet Impala traveling north on Virginia Avenue around 2:30 a.m. Dec. 30.

Bobo, who was driving the Impala, and Davis, a passenger in the Impala, were ejected from the vehicle. Bobo was pronounced dead at the scene by the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office. The Akron Fire Department took Davis to Summa Akron City Hospital, where she died of her injuries.

Authorities initially reported Aiysha M. Williams, 26, of Akron, had been driving the Dodge Charger and suffered minor injuries. The patrol also previously said officers smelled alcohol on Williams.

Eyewitnesses and rumors previously questioned if Williams was driving or if a man drove the speeding vehicle and fled the crash scene.

Bobo left behind five sons, including twin boys with Davis who turned 4 a week after their parents' deaths. Community members threw a birthday party for the boys at the Lawton Street Community Center on Jan. 6. Davis also had a 9-year-old daughter from a previous relationship. Relatives described them as a "nuclear family."

GoFundMe accounts have been set up for Bobo and Davis.

 

Emily Mills can be reached at 330-996-3334, emills@thebeaconjournal.com and @EmilyMills818.