New Castle News

December 4, 2012

Hearing rescheduled: Man accused of running over boys gets later court date

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — A New Castle man accused of killing a child with his truck will have a preliminary hearing in two weeks.

The hearing for Virgil Coonfare, 67, of West Moody Avenue, has been set for 1 p.m. Dec. 18 in Courtroom 1 at the Lawrence County Government Center.

Coonfare is charged with homicide by vehicle while under the influence, aggravated assault by vehicle while under the influence, and driving under the influence in connection with an accident Nov. 25.

According to New Castle police, Coonfare was traveling on Stanton Avenue that afternoon when he attempted to turn onto Winslow Avenue.

Police said Coonfare’s truck went up an embankment and into a yard where 7-year-old Octavius Stone and 9-year-old Ozzy Velez were playing.

The truck hit the two boys, fatally injuring Octavius. Ozzy also was injured, but he is home recovering.

Typically, preliminary hearings are conducted in the Lawrence County Central Court building across from the jail. Moving this hearing to the government center allows for greater security and more seating room.

This case has attracted considerable public interest with members of the community  paying tribute to Octavius and conducting events to raise funds for his family.

Coonfare is free on bail while awaiting proceedings against him.