Ohio man sentenced to jail in fatal hit-and-run

November 21, 2017

HUNTINGTON — A Columbus, Ohio, man has been sentenced to prison for a fatal hit-and-run crash in May in Huntington’s West End.

Anthony J. Ward, aka “Ace,” 33, pleaded guilty Friday in Cabell Circuit Judge Christopher D. Chiles’ court to leaving the scene of a crash involving death. Ward was sentenced to one to five years in prison and faces a $1,000 fine.

Ward was suspected in the May 14 crash soon after it occurred, but was accused of leaving the scene on foot after allegedly running a stop sign.

That day, three vehicles, including a taxi, collided at the intersection of West 11th Street and Madison Avenue in Huntington and one vehicle rolled over, Huntington Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli said in a news release. The four occupants of the rolled-over vehicle were taken to the hospital, where one passenger, Ronald Manis, 44, of Charleston, died from his injuries.

Warrants for Ward’s arrest were signed May 24, but he was not arrested until June 29.

On that date, Cabell County 911 was notified that Ward’s vehicle was traveling west through Huntington on Interstate 64. The vehicle, a maroon Jeep registered in Kentucky, was followed by the caller off the interstate at the West Huntington exit and onto Madison Avenue.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Cabell County Magistrate Court, Huntington police responding to West Huntington spotted the Jeep parked in the 1800 block of Jefferson Avenue. As police watched, a woman approached the vehicle and entered the back seat, exiting about 20 seconds later before the Jeep moved on.

Police stopped the Jeep a short distance away, finding an unidentified male driver and Ward inside. Having confirmed his active warrants, Ward was arrested and searched, which turned up a plastic bag containing suspected crack cocaine hidden in his waistband, along with $388 in cash, a criminal complaint said.