June 29, 2016

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Hinckley man indicted in traffic deaths of two teens

Staff Writer

MEDINA — The Hinckley Township man involved in an accident last month in which two Strongsville teenagers died was indicted Wednesday on three felony counts.

Andrei Zaharie, 21, of 1115 Bellus Road, reportedly was driving more than 70 mph near his home when he traveled left of center, hitting a vehicle driven by Samantha Archer, 18. Marco Dadante, 16, was a passenger in Archer’s car.

Archer and Dadante were pronounced dead at the scene. Zaharie and one of his passengers, Juliana Popa, 19, of Brunswick, were injured and taken by emergency helicopter to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center.

Another passenger in Zaharie’s car, Daniel Ghise, 22, of Strongsville, refused to be transported, police reported.

The speed limit on Bellus Road is 45 mph.

Zaharie is charged with two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, a third-degree felony, and one count of aggravated vehicular assault, a fourth-degree felony.

The accident occurred July 20 while Archer was driving west at 4:24 p.m. in the 1300 block of Bellus Road near an uphill curve. Zaharie was eastbound.

Zaharie is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges Sept. 15 in Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier’s court.

Medina Municipal Court records show Zaharie was cited in February 2007 on a drug possession charge and failure to signal by a Cleveland Metroparks ranger, and cited for speeding by Hinckley police two months later.

Wood may be reached at 330-721-4050 or allisonwood@ohio.net.