Vehicular homicide indictment in August tragedy



A secret indictment has landed a 48-year-old man behind bars in connection with the deaths of two Amherst Township children.

Robert Eckenrode of Canton was arrested Friday and faces counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, and negligent assault, according to Lorain County Jail booking records.

As of Sunday, he was behind held there on $2 million bond.

Driving an International box truck the afternoon of Aug. 8 on Rt. 2 near the Middle Ridge Road exit, Eckenrode was part of a massive crash, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

He is accused of rear-ending a Jeep, pushing it into a Chevy Silverado and killing12-year-old Mackenzi Lansberry of Sheffield.

Twenty-one-month-old Daniel Turner of Lorain later died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Eckenrode was uninjured.

However, he was given a field sobriety test at the crash site and from the outset, state troopers said drug use was suspected.