LISBON - A Hanoverton man faces vehicular homicide charges nearly four years after the death of Gary Paulin, a Lisbon man killed in a hit-skip accident on U.S. Route 30 near state Route 172.
Jeffrey L. House, 47, last known address Canal Street, Hanoverton, was indicted last week by the Columbiana County grand jury. He was arrested this past weekend.
House faces two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, one a first degree felony and the other a second degree felony. Additionally, he is charged with a third degree felony for failing to stop after the accident.
The first vehicular homicide charge alleges House was intoxicated and driving under suspension at the time of the crash on Nov. 23, 2008.
Newspaper accounts from the time state at 1:47 a.m. a westbound F-150 pickup truck owned by Hallie House went left of center striking head-on the 1990 Chevrolet Tracker driven by Paulin. The driver of the pickup fled on foot, while Paulin, 53, died at the scene of the crash.
Jeffrey House, Hallie House's husband at the time, reported at 2:37 a.m. to Lisbon police the pickup had been stolen. The highway patrol investigators reportedly determined Jeffrey House had been driving the pickup earlier the evening of Nov. 22. He claimed to have driven the vehicle to the home of Sam Stacy in Lisbon, left the keys in the pickup and the two of them went to Night Court bar.
House claimed at the time, when they returned to Stacy's home at 1:50 a.m. the pickup was gone. He also had explained a cut on his left arm and bruise on his hip as happening while returning from the Night Court by slipping on the edge of Stacy's porch.
In 2010, Paulin's sister, Patricia L. Hall of Lisbon, along with Paulin's car insurance company, Motorists Mutual Insurance, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against House. The matter had been set for a jury trial for Jan. 10, 2012, but was dismissed in December.
Paulin left behind a wife, Theresa; four sisters, Patricia Hall, Barbara May, Margaret Scullion and Judy Altman; and a brother, Donald.