TPD: Suspect in hit-and-run death said he was distracted by passengers

Published: Aug. 2, 2021 at 4:27 AM EDT
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - A suspect in the August 1 hit-and-run death of a woman on Dorr St. has turned himself in, according to Toledo Police, who did not release the suspect’s name. Next, the case will be presented to a Lucas County Grand Jury.

The Lucas County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 70-year-old Denise Frais. She was taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The man allegedly told police he was returning from a boxing match in Columbus when he turned off Collingwood on to Dorr. He said he was distracted by a conversation with passengers in his car when he tried to swerve to avoid Frais.

The case will be presented to a Lucas County grand jury to determine if any charges should be filed.

Frais was a well-known person on the stretch between Collingwood Boulevard and City Park Avenue.

“She had a lot of love in the community because she was a nice person. She never did anything wrong to anybody,” Shareen Strozier, a relative of Frais, said at the time of the incident. “She did not deserve to die like this and we just need some closure.”

Another individual was hit by the truck, causing serious injuries.

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