WOOSTER — A Wooster man who was one of the drivers in a three-vehicle crash that killed a 74-year-old Wooster woman last October pleaded no contest Tuesday to aggravated vehicular homicide.

Paul S. Tracey, 25, of the 3100 block of Millersburg Road, entered his plea on the first-degree felony before Wayne County Common Pleas Judge Mark K. Wiest. Wiest then found Tracey guilty, and ordered a pre-sentence investigation in the case. Tracey is scheduled to be sentenced on July 10, court records show.

Tracey was indicted in February on a total of nine counts stemming from the crash. In exchange for his no contest plea, prosecutors dropped the additional eight charges. Those dismissed charges included two counts of second-degree felony aggravated vehicular homicide, as well as misdemeanor counts of OVI, unauthorized use of a vehicle, possession of marijuana, driving under suspension, failure to reinstate a license and violation of speed limits.

Tracey now faces up to 11 years in prison, Prosecutor Dan Lutz said.

Tracey was one of three drivers involved in an Oct. 14, 2018 crash that occurred at about 5:29 p.m. on Fredericksburg Road (County Road 501) south of East Tolbert Road in Franklin Township. Mary J. Yacapraro, 74, of Wooster died from injuries sustained during the crash.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Yacapraro was driving a 2009 Lincoln MKX south on Fredericksburg Road and stopped to turn into a private drive. Tracey also was driving south on Fredericksburg Road in a 2007 Chevrolet Express van, and struck the rear of Yacapraro’s vehicle.

Tracey’s vehicle then slid left of center and hit a northbound car before continuing off the east side of the road, where his vehicle overturned. Tracey sustained serious injuries in the crash and was transported by helicopter to Summa Akron City Hospital.

Tracey’s passenger, a 20-year-old Wooster woman, also was injured and taken to Wooster Community Hospital before being transported to Cleveland Clinic Akron General. The driver of the northbound car, an 18-year-old Fredericksburg man, was not injured.

At the time of the crash, troopers believed alcohol or drugs may have been a factor in the crash.

 

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