A woman is facing a misdemeanor theft charge for allegedly stealing funds raised to help the families effected by a fatal accident in May that killed two Coventry Middle School students and seriously injured another student.
The woman, age 40, of Akron, was a volunteer for the "Walking on For You" benefit that was set up at the Towpath Credit Union. In July, the Summit County Sheriff's Office was notified that some of the funds were being stolen. According to a Sheriff's Office press release, it was reported that the woman was given donations for the benefit, but those funds were used for her personal gain.
The woman faces one count of theft, a first-degree misdemeanor. According to the Sheriff's Office, further charges against the woman are pending. The Suburbanite generally does not name people charged with misdemeanors.
On May 28, a car driven by 24-year-old Natasha Boggs, of New Franklin, went over the marked lines and struck three Coventry Middle School students who were walking on the side of South Main Street near Leicester Drive.
Taylor Galloway, 14, an eighth-grader at the middle school, was pronounced dead at the scene. Classmate Amber Thoma, also 14, was transported to Akron Children’s Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. A third student, a 15-year-old boy, was transported to Children’s Hospital with serious injuries. A fourth boy with the group was uninjured.
Boggs has pleaded not guilty to several charges, including two counts of involuntary manslaughter and a count of tampering with records. All are third-degree felonies. She also faces several misdemeanor charges.