Warrant issued for man accused of running over person with truck


staff report

YOUNGSTOWN — A warrant was issued Tuesday in municipal court for Nicholas E. Cobbin of Boardman, who police said ran over a man in the parking lot of Big D’s Irish Pub on Mahoning Avenue around 1:30 a.m. May 6.

Cobbin, 25, of Stratford Drive is charged with failure to stop after an accident involving harm to persons, a felony. The victim, Michael D. Spellick, 29, of Cooper Street was seriously injured.

City Prosecutor Jay Macejko said he expects Cobbin will self-surrender to the Mahoning County Jail today and then be arraigned in municipal court.

Macejko said no other charges will be issued at this time in connection with the incident. He said there is no indication that Cobbin intended to harm anyone as he left the parking lot during the fight.

Police who interviewed witnesses at the scene learned that an argument started in the bar and Spellick was thrown out. Three others who had been involved in the argument also went outside.

A bartender told police that David Keith, 46, of North Schenley Avenue was jumped by two men and, as he lay on the ground, was run over by a pickup truck. A bouncer at the bar told police that the pickup also ran over Spellick.

Capt. Kenneth Centorame, chief of detectives, has said that after Keith was knocked to the ground others in the “angry mob” turned toward Cobbin, who was already in his pickup. Cobbin, concerned for himself and passengers, ran over the victims as he tried to leave the parking lot, Centorame said.

A female bar patron described the driver of the pickup for police and provided a license plate number that led to Cobbin’s address in Boardman. Boardman officers found the pickup as it was turning into its driveway around 2 a.m. May 6 and detained Cobbin for questioning by Youngstown police.

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