UPDATE | Yurich trial recesses until Tuesday

YOUNGSTOWN — The trial of Dr. Joseph Yurich is in recess until 9 a.m. tomorrow.

Dr. Yurich, 38, of Poland is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide in the death of Neal Cuppett, 58, of Akron, from injuries he received in the May 9, 2015, crash.

The defense called three witnesses this afternoon, including Bruce Lindamood, 42, of Green, who was in the boat that was struck on Berlin Reservoir in 2015.

He said Cuppett drew his attention to a boat approaching from behind Lindamood.

“I remember seeing a bright light and then I was in the water,” Lindamood said.

When he came to the surface, Lindamood said he saw a light and heard a man repeatedly asking, “What the [expletive] are you doing out here?”

That man then sped off.

It was only when Lindamood returned to the boat that he realized Cuppett was missing. Others helped them, but Cuppett died from his injuries.

While the prosecution is arguing that Dr. Yurich was intoxicated and left because he was looking out for himself, the defense claims the surgeon was neither intoxicated nor reckless.

Dr. Yurich neither heard nor saw anyone around him, and he sped home because he worried his boat would sink after hitting what he thought was a rock, his attorney said.

The trial will resume at 9 a.m. tomorrow in Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge John M. Durkin’s court, with eight more witnesses to be called by the defense.

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