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Cleveland driver gets 11 years in prison after auto chase, death

by DAVE O'BRIEN | RECORD-COURIER REPORTER Published: August 31, 2016 1:00 AM
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Ravenna -- A Cleveland man will serve 11 years in prison for leading police on a car chase on Route in Aurora and Streetsboro in July 2015 that ended in the death of a pregnant woman.

"The fact you accepted responsibility and didn't put [the Campbell family] through a trial weighed greatly with me," Portage County Common Pleas Judge Becky Doherty told Frank L. Tindell, 35, on Aug. 22, just after sentencing him to prison. "It might not seem like it, but it did."

She also took away Tindell's ability to legally drive, suspending his driver's license for the rest of his life. "Under no circumstances will you ever drive again," Doherty told him.

Doherty told Tindell he killed 26-year-old Nadia Campbell and her unborn child "with one bad decision." It wasn't his first, she reminded him.

"You have such a history of bad decisions," she said. "You were not given opportunities early on but every step of the way, as I look at your record, you did have opportunities to not make those bad decisions.

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"Ultimately, this decision caused the death of two people; it's your conduct that caused this."

Tindell pleaded guilty in June to two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, both second-degree felonies; one count of failure to comply, a fourth-degree felony; and driving under suspension, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Doherty gave Tindell seven years in prison on one count of aggravated vehicular homicide and three years on another, consecutive with one year in prison for failure to comply, for a total of 11 years.

He received credit for 209 days served in the Portage County jail.

"OUR OFFICE hopes that Mr. Tindell can see and others can be deterred from this type of conduct -- low-level crimes, misdemeanor thefts, a low-level drug charge that turns into a tragedy as this has," Assistant Portage County Prosecutor Steve Michniak said in court.

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"These are situations where you should just stop running from the police. The loss of Nadia has rippling effects throughout this family."

Campbell was one of seven siblings, her mother Haroldlynn Campbell told Doherty. Her three children, all under the age of 10, are being raised by Nadia's sister.

"I miss her so much because she was the bridge for all of us," Haroldlynn Campbell said. "She got us all together no matter what; God has taken the will from me, and justice will be done. It's just hurtful when her kids ask me questions and I don't know how to answer them."

The Ohio Highway Patrol charged Tindell after the July 21, 2015, traffic crash on Route 43. He and Campbell were in a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica, fleeing from Aurora police after allegedly shoplifting more than $1,000 in merchandise from Aurora Farms Premium Outlets.

The vehicle was approaching Tinkers Green Drive in Streetsboro when it sideswiped a truck, rear-ended an SUV, crossed the center line and hit an oncoming box truck head on.

Campbell, who was 15 weeks pregnant, was killed and Tindell was seriously injured. Three other motorists also were injured.

Had he stopped, it would've been Tindell's fifth arrest for theft from Aurora Farms since 2007, according to Portage County court records.

Email: dobrien@recordplub.com

Phone: 330-541-9400 ext. 4157

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