Lisbon resident pleads guilty on multiple charges

LISBON — A Lisbon woman involved in a 2017 marijuana-related car crash which injured others, including one of her own children pleaded guilty to several charges on Thursday in Common Pleas Court.

Leticia E. Lujan, 27, East Lincoln Way, Lisbon, pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated vehicular assault, OVI, driving under suspension and two counts of endangering children.

According to reports at the time of the crash, Lujan was northbound on state Route 45 just north of Lisbon in a Chrysler Sebring on Oct. 14, 2017, when she crashed into the back of a PT Cruiser driven by Maryanne Bartholomew, 61, Lisbon, causing Bartholomew’s vehicle to go off the right side of the road and over a hill. Lujan’s vehicle then went left of center, striking a Ford E F-150 van driven by David W. Lewis, 71, Lisbon, which was southbound.

Lewis was uninjured, but Bartholomew and her husband Scott Bartholomew were taken to the Salem Regional Medical Center, as were all three children in Lujan’s vehicle.

Court documents state she was under the influence of marijuana at the time of the crash.

Chief Assistant County Prosecutor John Gamble said he will be asking for a two-year prison sentence with a five-year license suspension for the aggravated vehicular assault charges, which were felonies. Additionally, Gamble will suggest a six month jail term for the other misdemeanor charges. However, Gamble said all but the mandatory 10 days of the local jail sentence could be suspended with Lujan required to make restitution to the victims in the case.

Lujan’s defense attorney James Wise asked for Lujan’s presentencing investigation to include an evaluation to see if she is a good fit for the Eastern Ohio Correction Center. Sentencing is set for April 11.

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