Car plunges down steps, hits pedestrian

Three days after a teen girl was struck by an SUV that went off the road and over a hill, Marietta police continue to investigate who was driving the vehicle.

The department received a call at 12:24 a.m. Saturday that a white 2007 Toyota Forerunner, driving east on Cutler Street did not stop where the road ends, but rather drove over the curb, and down a set of pedestrian stairs leading to N. Seventh Street, said Capt. Jeff Waite of the Marietta Police Department.

“Apparently the (driver) thought the street went on and it didn’t,” said Waite.

The vehicle landed on its side on the sidewalk near N. Seventh Street, but not before striking 19-year-old Natalie Mayan, a Marietta College student who was walking down the steps, said Waite.

Mayan was taken to Marietta Memorial Hospital and treated for a broken leg, said Waite.

She was in good condition at the hospital Monday, said Jennifer Offenberger, director of marketing and public relations for the Memorial Health System.

According to the vehicle’s owner, the driver fled the scene, Waite said.

The owner, Michael Boudreau, 24, of 331 Third St., Marietta, was found in the front passenger seat following the accident, he said.

Boudreau claimed he did not know who was driving his car, said Waite.

“He had been drinking earlier at a local bar and gave an unknown fellow his keys. He wanted him to drive him home,” said Waite.

Boudreau said he remembered nothing prior to extracting himself from the wrecked vehicle. On scene, Boudreau tested .159 percent blood alcohol content, said Waite.

Boudreau was also taken to Marietta Memorial Hospital and treated for a bump on the head, he said.

A second, unnamed male victim who came upon the scene after the accident also broke his leg while hopping a fence to aid Mayan, said Waite.

Boudreau could potentially face charges in the matter though Waite would not elaborate Monday on what those charges might entail.

Under the Ohio Revised Code, any person who knowingly allows a person under the influence of drugs or alcohol to drive his or her vehicle is guilty of wrongful entrustment of a motor vehicle, a first-degree misdemeanor.

At this time, the extent of damage to public property is unknown, said Waite. The vehicle suffered heavy damage, he said.

“We are continuing to follow up on the matter,” said Waite.

Anyone who has information related to the incident is asked to contact the Marietta Police Department at 376-2007.

Individuals can also submit anonymous tips at www.mariettaoh.net/government/police/tips_hotline.