A 53-year-old Washington C.H. man has been charged with the aggravated vehicular homicide of 14-year-old Alexis Pollock, who was killed in a reported hit-skip accident Saturday night.
Pollock was riding a bicycle Saturday at approximately 8:39 p.m. near the Delaware Street/Rose Avenue intersection when the bicycle was struck by Charles R. Scerba’s vehicle, according to the Washington C.H. Police Department. When officers arrived at the scene, the offender in the vehicle had allegedly fled the area on foot.
Pollock, an eighth grader at Washington Middle School, was transported to Fayette County Memorial Hospital for treatment, but later died from injuries sustained in the accident, according to police.
The alleged offender, identified as Scerba, was located and arrested at Save-A-Lot, 1151 Columbus Ave., without incident, according to police. Scerba was allegedly intoxicated at the time of the accident.
Scerba has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide (second-degree felony), not stopping after accident in a public roadway (third-degree felony), and operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol (first-degree misdemeanor).
Scerba is being held in the Fayette County Jail on a $61,500 bond.
“Obviously, this was a very difficult situation,” said Washington Police Department Chief Brian Hottinger. “The entire family of the victim has the condolences of our police department.”
A statement from Washington Court House City Schools reads: “Alexis was an eighth grader at Washington Middle School, and was known by her friends and the staff for being wise beyond her years, her quiet and positive presence, and a sweet smile that would light up the classroom. As Alexis made a lasting impression on the hearts and minds of many in the district, we are devastated by this tragedy and she will be dearly missed.
“We all experience sorrow in our own way and time. Throughout the week, WMS will have many additional options in grief counseling sessions, relief outlets, and opportunities for any student and staff who were in need of support. As always, counselors are available in all of our buildings every day of the school year.
“The Blue Lion Family would like to thank our community for your continued support. Please join us in offering our deepest condolences to the family of Alexis during this time of heartbreak.”
Summers Funeral Home, 223 W. Market St. in Washington Court House, will be handling the funeral arrangements. Community members who would like to offer donations can do so by contacting the funeral home at 740-335-6078 or through its website, www.summersfuneralhome.com/.
Reach Ryan Carter at 740-313-0352.