Wednesday, September 20, 2006


Amherst Police traveled to Cleveland Metro Hospital Tuesday afternoon to serve a warrant on Phillip W. Stern II. Mr. Stern was the driver of the red pick up truck that collided with Shelia Pierce in Amherst last Saturday morning on Cooper Foster & Leavitt Rd, killing Pierce.

The following charges have been filed against Stern:
1. Driving In Marked Lanes in violation of Ohio Revised Code 4511.33 (MM),
2. Obstructing Official Business in violation of Ohio Revised Code 2921.31 (Felony 5),
3. Willful or Wanton Disregard of Safety on Highways in violation of Ohio Revised Code 4511.20 (MM)
4. Operating Vehicle Intoxicated in violation of Ohio Revised Code 4511.19 (M1),
5. Failure to Comply with order or signal of police officer in violation of Ohio Revised Code
2921.331B (F3),
6. Speed in violation of Ohio Revised Code 4511.21 (MM)
7. Red Light in Violation of Ohio Revised Code 4511.13 (MM),
8. Failure to Control in violation of Ohio Revised Code 4511.202 (MM)
9. Aggravated Vehicular Homicide Ohio Revised Code 2903.06
(Felony 2)
10. B.A.C. over legal limit (.238BAC) Ohio Revised Code 4511.19 (M1)
11. State OVI (refusal) in violation of Ohio Revised Code 4511.19 (M1)

The suspect was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Lorain County Jail where he is still being held. Stern was arraigned in Oberlin Municipal Court this morning and is being held on $500,000.00 bond.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today, Shelia was laid to rest. Her last wishes were honored. We were fortunate enough to be able to lay her to rest knowing that the man that did this to her was in jail. While that does not make anything any better, or bring her back to us, it gave us a little bit of peace knowing at least that much had gone our way. Shelia was loved very much & will be missed dearly. She was a thoughtful, caring woman who would give you anything she had if you needed it or help in anyway that she could. She was out on the road late that night because she had been with her sister who was taken to the emergency room. She left once her sister had been admitted to the hospital. She had been where she felt she needed to be. Unfortunately, there was a drunken man out on the road at the same time, driving, and not where he needed to be. He took her from us - no chance to say the things you never said, no chance to tell her you loved her one more time, no chance to hear her laughter - no chance for anything other than to grieve and try to wrap your mind around what happened, how it happened, and why - just plain why. We take peace in knowing that she did not suffer. We try & hold on to the little things that we can. We try & burn our last memories in to our brains, so we will never forget. The sad part is that it is clouded by one man's inability to use good judgement or to learn from his past. Followed by the memories of shrieks of woman, the cries of grown men, the questions from the children who don't understand why she can't wake up, the pain in every person's eyes and the reality that there will never be another visit, email, phone call, hug, smile...that she is gone forever. We hope that he is punished to the fullest extent of the law and that now that he's sober, that he understands what he has robbed us of. We pray for her soul, and we pray that justice is served. We pray that from our tragedy, other's are prevented, and that no one else has to go through this. We ask that you do the same...

10:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love you and miss you mom.

10:47 AM  

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