Woman Ruled Incompetent to Stand Trial in Fatal Crash

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

JACKSON COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A woman indicted in connection with a deadly accident last year has been found incompetent to stand trial.

Susan Canter of Oak Hill, Ohio, was indicted on two counts of vehicular homicide in August 2013.

Prosecutors say that in June 2013, Canter turned in front of an oncoming truck along Slab Hill Road off of State Route 279.
Her uncle, 75-year-old David Evans, of Oak Hill, died in the crash.

The indictment alleges Canter was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the accident.

During a competency hearing on Friday, Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher Regan ruled that Canter is incompetent to stand trial and ordered her committed to the Appalachian Behavioral Healthcare Center in Athens, Ohio, until she can be restored to competency.

The Court found Canter “does not understand the legal process and that she is not able to assist in her defense at trial.”

The prosecutor said it is possible that Canter may be competent to stand trial within a year if she is provided with "a course of treatment."

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