Delaware man charged with aggravated vehicular homicide in death of jogger


By Andrew Carter



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A Delaware County man has been charged in the death of a female jogger in Westerville.

According to Franklin County Municipal Court records, Jonathan B. Coffman, 32, Delaware, has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide in connection with the death of Linda J. Evans, 68, Columbus.

Coffman was arraigned Tuesday morning. No bond was approved. He’s being held in the main jail of the Franklin County Corrections Center.

Court records indicate that a preliminary hearing in Coffman’s case has been scheduled for 9 a.m. on Aug. 10 in Franklin County Municipal Court.

Westerville Police said Evans was apparently struck and killed while she was jogging Monday morning along Park Meadow Road near Schrock Road. Police Chief Joseph Morbitzer said officers were called to the scene at 9:47 a.m. Monday after a passerby reported seeing the woman’s body in the brush off the side of the roadway.

Morbitzer said Coffman’s vehicle was identified by another motorist near the scene of the incident.

“We have one witness who saw a male exit his vehicle, look at the damage to his vehicle, get back in, and then drive away,” Morbitzer said during a press conference Monday. “Officers, doing very good police work, were able to locate the suspect vehicle at 800 Brooksedge Boulevard. It had damage consistent with a hit-skip accident; and that vehicle registers to Mr. Coffman.”

Coffman was arrested Monday morning at his workplace, JP Morgan Chase, located at 800 Brooksedge Boulevard in Westerville. He was initially charged with operating a vehicle under the influence.

Morbitzer said more information will be released as the investigation progresses. The chief did not say if Coffman has admitted to striking Evans with his vehicle.

According to Morbitzer, the area in which Evans was struck and killed is popular with runners.

“From what we understand, she’s an avid runner,” he said during the press conference. “So, it’s not unusual with the pathway system to have people running in that area. I’m not sure if this was part of a set route for her or not.”

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By Andrew Carter

Reach Andrew Carter at acarter@aimmediamidwest.com and follow him on Twitter @DelOhioEditor.

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