A Barnesville man facing multiple charges for an accident that seriously injured his son was given a March 23 deadline to advise Cambridge Municipal Court officials if he wants a preliminary hearing.
Eric L. Huntsman, 44, is facing one count each of aggravated vehicular assault, a third-degree felony, and vehicular assault, a fourth-degree felony.
Huntsman's son, Shawn, 26, also of Barnesville, was flown by medical helicopter from the vicinity of the crash to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Presbyterian Hospital in Oakland, Pa. He was last known to be in stable condition at the hospital.
The accident occurred on Rosedale Road in eastern Guernsey County.
Eric Huntsman's bond was recently set at $3,000 with no 10 percent allowed. The bond was posted through Anytime Bail Bonds, according to court records.
According to reports, Shawn Huntsman suffered incapacitating injuries when the vehicle in which he was a front-seat passenger struck a tree. He was reportedly partially ejected from the vehicle upon impact with the tree.
The highway patrol said Shawn Huntsman was not wearing a safety belt.
Meanwhile, Eric Huntsman suffered only minor injuries. He was transported by the Ohio State Highway Patrol to Southeastern Med in Cambridge for evaluation prior to being taken to the county jail.
Alcohol is suspected as a factor in the crash, according to the highway patrol.
The Huntsmans were traveling north on Rosedale Road at approximately 7:12 p.m. when the vehicle driven by Eric Huntsman went off the right side of the roadway and struck the tree.
Shawn Huntsman was transported by ambulance to Buckeye Trail High School where a landing zone was established by Old Washington firefighters. He was flown to Presbyterian Hospital by State Medevac.
The accident remained under investigation by the highway patrol.