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Driver arrested in deadly Alexis Road crash in May

Joshua Whitaker was indicted in early August on four charges stemming from the crash that killed William Gergich Jr.

TOLEDO, Ohio — Editor's note: The above video is from Aug. 4, 2021, when Whitaker was indicted.

The driver of a vehicle involved in a May 5 crash on West Alexis Road in north Toledo that killed another driver was arrested Monday by the Lucas County Sheriff's Office

He was previously indicted on Aug. 4 on four charges stemming from the crash by a Lucas County Grand Jury.

According to court documents, Joshua Whitaker, 31, of Erie, Michigan was indicted on two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, one count of aggravated vehicular assault and one count of vehicular assault.

31-year-old William Gergich Jr. of Holland was pronounced dead at the hospital following the crash in the 2100 block of West Alexis Road. Whitaker and Gergich's passenger were also injured in the crash, with Whitaker also being hospitalized.

At the time of the incident, Toledo Police said Whitaker was driving eastbound on Alexis Road when he lost control of his vehicle and crossed Alexis into oncoming traffic. Gergich, traveling west, struck Whitaker's vehicle.

All three people involved in the crash required extrication by Toledo Fire & Rescue department.

Credit: Lucas County Sheriff's Office
Joshua Whitaker was arrested on Sept. 19.

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