CANAL WINCHESTER, Ohio — The man who authorities say drove his truck into the ER entrance of a Canal Winchester hospital, leaving one dead, has been charged with one count of aggravated murder.
The incident happened around 9:45 a.m. Friday at the Diley Ridge Medical Center.
The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office said the driver of the truck, identified as 44-year-old Raymond Leiendecker of Baltimore, was taken into custody and charged.
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The Fairfileld County Sheriff’s Office says the victim, identified as 61-year-old Scott Davis of Canal Winchester, was taken to Mount Carmel East where he was pronounced dead. A hospital spokesperson confirmed that he was a long-time employee of the hospital.
Another person was taken to Mount Carmel East for treatment.
Authorities said they are still investigating the crash but there appears to be no indication the truck attempted to brake before hitting the building.
Leiendecker is being held on $5 million cash or surety and a $500,000 recognizance bond, according to the sheriff’s office.
Diley Ridge is an affiliate of the Mount Carmel Health System.
A spokesperson sent a statement on behalf of Mount Carmel Health System and Fairfield Medical Center to 10TV:
“We are deeply saddened to share that a Diley Ridge Medical Center employee died this morning when a truck was driven into the facility’s ER. The incident caused two injuries and one fatality. The ER sustained significant damage and is currently closed.
Our hearts go out to the family, friends and staff members who were involved in today’s incident, and we pray for them during this tremendously difficult time.”