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WARREN Officer faces arraignment in accident



Published: Fri, February 15, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Albu has not worked for the department since the accident.

WARREN -- A part-time Howland Township police officer was to be arraigned today on charges stemming from a fatal car crash he was involved in on duty.

A Trumbull County grand jury secretly indicted Timothy Albu last week.

The exact charges were to be made public at his arraignment.

Albu was southbound on Ridge Road in response to a nonemergency call shortly after 8 p.m. Nov. 10 when his police car crossed the center line and struck a car driven by Chad W. Mitchell, 23, of Niles, according to an Ohio State Highway Patrol report.

Mitchell and one passenger, Cammie R. Kosak, 19, of Niles, were treated at St. Joseph Health Center in Warren.

The other passenger, Delbert Lambert, 47, of Niles, died from injuries.

According to the report, Albu's speed was a factor in the accident.

The exact speed had not been determined, but Albu told the patrol he thought he was going 50 mph.

The speed limit on the section of Ridge Road where the crash occurred is 25 mph.

Albu was not hurt.

He has been on administrative suspension, without pay, since the accident, said Steve Lamantia, Howland police chief.




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