Drunk Driver Accused of Killing Bicyclist
Kevin FreemanFox 8 Reporter
AKRON -- An Akron man is being held on $1 million bond Wednesday, accused of driving under the influence of alcohol and killing a man on a bicycle.
Charles R. Wilson, 36, of Kenmore Boulevard, is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, felony hit-skip, OVI, running a stop sign and failing to control his vehicle.
He’s accused of killing Lawrence Yielding, while the 58-year-old was using his favorite mode of transportation, his 10-speed bicycle.
"He was in real good condition to be 58-years-old, he always rode that 10 speed," said Yielding’s daughter, Lena Davis.
Friday night, around 9:30 p.m., Lawrence was riding his bike on Bellows Street at East Miller Avenue in Akron.
"I heard an explosion so I looked out and there was a truck sitting over there," said resident Rodney Baker.
Akron police say Wilson blew through a stop sign, slid sideways on wet pavement, and hit the bike Lawrence Yielding was riding.
"He just said ’please help me, help me’ and we just kept trying to assure him that they were on their way," said resident Ashley Hupric.
Police also say Wilson was driving drunk.
"I want justice brought to him to the fullest for what he did to my father," said Davis.
Lawrence’s daughter says she had just taken him to a church revival and offered to give him a ride home, five miles across town.
"I was like ’daddy you should just let me take you ’cause it’s raining out and you don’t got no hat on you head’ and he was like ’oh, it’s ok, I’ll be ok, I’ll see you in the morning and that was his last words to me," she recalls.
Lena says her father liked to help people with yard and house work. She says her final memories of him will be positive ones.
"I told him I’m going to church tonight, he was like ’I’m going with you’ and got in the truck with me and went to church with me and had a good time at church that night," says Lena.
Lena Davis says she actually drove past her father’s accident, but did not realize at the time, that he was involved.
Akron police say Wilson left the scene of the crash and was arrested at his own.
Charles Wilson is being held at the Summit County Jail.