- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - A Cleveland man has admitted to his role in a hit-and-run crash that resulted in the death of a northeast Ohio elementary school teacher.

Forty-five-year-old Derick Ward pleaded guilty Monday to charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, failure to stop after an accident and failure to comply with a police officer’s order.

Ward struck 51-year-old James Caffrey as he was jogging on Jan. 24. The fifth-grade teacher from Shaker Heights was pronounced dead at an area hospital.

Prosecutors say Ward was fleeing from a traffic stop by University Heights police when he ran down Caffrey from behind. Ward’s driver’s license was suspended at the time.

After conducting a DNA analysis on debris from the crash, the FBI returned results providing probable cause for Ward’s arrest.

Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 28.


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