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Amanda Buxton Arraigned On Charges Of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, Pleads Not Guilty

Buxton has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide in connection with a November 2012 car crash in Shaker Heights that left one dead.

Amanda Buxton -- the South Euclid woman accused of driving drunk and causing a fatal crash in Shaker Heights -- was arraigned Friday in Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.

She faces two charges of aggravated vehicular homicide -- the victim in both charges is Shaker Heights resident Brian Horvich -- as well as counts of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and drug possession.

The drug Buxton is accused of possessing is medication she didn't have a prescription for.

Buxton, 22, pleaded not guilty to the indictment and Judge Shirley Strickland Saffold continued her bond of $5,000.

From the archives: Shaker Heights Man Killed in Crash

The crash happened just before 2 a.m. Nov. 15 at the intersection of Warrensville Center Road and Fairmount Boulevard in Shaker Heights. According to prosecutors, Buxton crashed into a tree.

Police said that Horwich, who was 25, was in the back seat of the car. Buxton, who was driving, and a front-seat passenger survived.

Horwich graduated from Shaker Heights High School in 2005.

Mark Mendes February 09, 2013 at 02:12 PM
This is a very dangerous intersection where drivers often encounter cars parked in the right lane immediately upon turning right onto Fairmount from the circle, forcing a quick left lane shift. I have seen many, many near accidents at this precise spot. There are lots of trees and utility poles to hit should one veer off the roadway even a few feet. Poor Amanda found one unfortunately. The City of Shaker Heights should not allow parking on this stretch of Fairmount. My sympathies to the victim's family, and to Amanda, who must be dealing with an awful lot of grief. Word is that the victim had his head out the window when the collision occurred. Is this true? And what was Amanda's blood alcohol level? And what prescription drug did she have in the car? Aren't these details part of the court proceedings? This young woman is being made out to be the epitome of drunken stupidity, but without the facts we shouldn't be so quick to judge.
Ams February 15, 2013 at 06:55 PM
It is a dangerous intersection, but every street and every intersection becomes dangerous when driving under the influence. The blood alcohol content doesn't really matter, it was over the legal limit, thus, impairing all judgement. The victim was not out of the window at the time of the crash. There is no reckless judgement , but a choice was made at the expense of an innocent life. It's just hard to find sympathy for someone that ended a beautiful life and destroyed the lives of those who loved him.

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