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Prosecutor: Woman indicted in death of Charlie Kho

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CLEVELAND -- Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason announced that Helen Fettes has been indicted on one (1) count of vehicular homicide, one (1) count of failure to stop after an accident, and one (1) count of tampering with evidence.

Fettes faces a maximum of 10 and a half years in prison.

Mason said that on October 17, 2011, Fettes, 80, of Olmsted Falls, struck Charlie Kho, 13, with her Mercury Sable in the area of Cook Road in Olmsted Township around 7 p.m.

Kho was flown to MetroHealth Medical Center. He died at approximately 3 p.m. October 18, his 13th birthday.

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Police received information within days of the incident from a Ganley Body Shop employee in Middleburg Heights.

They say a person was looking for body work on their damaged car. Ganley employees were aware of the hit-skip and called police.

Fettes' arraignment is scheduled for Jan. 17 at 8:30 a.m. in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.

Police Chief John Minek issued a statement at a press conference Friday afternoon.

"Today, Helen F. Fettes, an 80-year-old Olmsted Falls resident, was formally charged through the Cuyahoga County Grand Jury with 1 count of Vehicular Homicide, Tampering with evidence and Failure to stop after an accident stemming from the Fatality accident that occurred on Oct. 17, 2011 involving the tragic death of Charlie Kho, a 13-year-old resident of Olmsted Township and student at Berea's Academy of St. Adalbert."

"I want to recognize the Cuyahoga County Prosecutors Office for their brilliant knowledge of the law and their tenacity to bring forth justice for Charlie Kho. Justice for Charlie Kho could only be accomplished through the collaboration of the prosecutor's office, and the Olmsted Township Police Department, and a culmination of countless investigative manpower hours."

"The reason for the time delay pertaining to this investigation was due to analyzing scientific evidence, having to serve numerous search warrants, having to issue numerous subpoenas, and waiting on multiple records directly related to the investigation."

"I also want to offer my deepest appreciation to the office manager of Ganley Body Shop in Middleburg Heights for her courageous act in identifying a suspicious person and notifying the police department. This courageous act was instrumental in identifying the vehicle involved in the fatality accident, and a person of interest (Helen F. Fettes) who has now been formally charged."


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