Driver serving time for pedestrian crash denied release

A Marietta man serving 11 years in prison for fleeing the scene after striking and killing a woman with his vehicle on Pike Street was denied judicial release Tuesday in Washington County Common Pleas Court.

Mark E. Rader II, 31, of Marietta, has filed at least three times for judicial release since being sentenced in 2007, said Washington County Prosecutor Jim Schneider.

Tuesday marked the first time he was given a hearing on the matter, said Schneider.

Rader was driving home from J.P. Henry’s Restaurant in Parkersburg on Oct. 8, 2006, when he struck and killed a 20-year-old Beverly woman, who was walking with a friend in the 800 block of Pike Street.

“He was driving under a suspended license at the time and he was on judicial release at the time,” said Schneider.

Rader failed to stop after the accident, later saying he thought he had struck a deer.

After a mistrial, Rader ultimately pleaded guilty to a second-degree felony count of aggravated vehicular homicide and a third-degree felony count of failure to stop after an accident. He was sentenced by Washington County Common Pleas Court Judge Ed Lane to the maximum-eight and three years, respectively-on both charges and ordered to serve them consecutively.

According to Radar’s information found on the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction’s offender search, he will not be eligible to receive a recommendation for early release until September of 2015.

However, a sentence reduction statute in the Ohio Revised Code gives Radar the ability to motion for early release after serving half of his stated prison term.

Rader argued for judicial release on the grounds that he has exhibited good behavior while incarcerated, but Lane denied the motion, said Schneider.

Rader’s stated prison term is set to expire Nov. 18, 2017. He was also ordered to pay $7,273 restitution to the victim’s family, and his license was suspended for the rest of his life, said Schneider.