Saturday, September 02, 2000

Motorist indicted in boy's death

By Terry Flynn
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        NEWPORT — A Campbell County grand jury has indicted a Fort Thomas man who could be facing five to 10 years in prison if convicted on a second-degree manslaughter charge in the death of a 10-year-old boy.

        Phillip Bridges, 52, is accused of hitting Stephen Schroder with his car near the youngster's home on Garrison Avenue in Fort Thomas on June 28.

        Police said Mr. Bridges was traveling at least 40 mph in a 25 mph zone when the accident occurred. Stephen was on his way to a nearby ball field. Garrison is a one-way street between Fort Thomas Avenue and River Road, with parking on both sides of the street.

        Mr. Bridges, who lived just a few blocks from Garrison, is scheduled for arraignment Sept. 12 in Campbell Circuit Court.

        Since the boy's death, the city has responded to demands from residents of Garrison who said they had asked the city to make the street safer. City officials have:

        • Lowered the speed limit on Garrison to 15 mph.

        • Installed “No Through Traffic” signs at the corner of Garrison and Fort Thomas Avenue. A major complaint has been that motorists used Garrison as a shortcut to River Road and on to Ky. 8.

        • Installed speed bumps to force motorists to slow down.


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