Man pleads guilty in DUI death case
A Middlebourne man pleaded guilty in Tyler County Circuit Court April 7 to leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and first-offense driving on a license revoked for driving under the influence of alcohol.
Zachery Arnold Coen, 25, of 228 Steel St, Middlebourne, appeared before the Honorable Judge David W. Hummel Jr. for what was scheduled as a pre-trial hearing. However, his attorney, John Gain, told the court a plea arrangement had been reached and his client would plead guilty.
The charges handed down by the February grand jury are alleged to have happened on Aug. 29, 2014, Coen allegedly struck an individual who was having vehicle problems and then failed to stop.
According to evidence, Coen went home and, upon investigation, it was later discovered his vehicle had been involved in an accident. Upon being questioned, he originally denied the charges but later admitted hitting something and not knowing what.
Coen, on April 7, withdrew his innocent plea and told the court about the incident. He said he was driving home from work and the visibility was not good. There was fog and he came around the turn and hit something, but he wasn’t sure what it was. He said he didn’t stop. He also admitted to driving on a license revoked for DUI.
Judge Hummel will set a return date for sentencing in the case.
Also, on April 7, Hope A. Isenberg, 50, of 48, Jemmisen Lane, Bens Run, appeared before the Judge Hummel in Tyler County Circuit Court. Isenberg, alongside her attorney John Gainer, was scheduled for a pre-trial hearing. She had previously been arraigned on Feb. 23 when she pleaded innocent to a three-count felony indictment handed down by the February term of the grand jury. She was then placed on a $5,000 cash/surety bond.
Count one of her indictment charges her with delivery of a Schedule III controlled substance, Hydrocodone/Acetaminopen.