It was six months ago when Scott Petredis' family heard a knock on their door and was told by police that their son was killed in a wreck on I-275. Now, a man will serve six years in prison (for crashing into him and killing him in the process) while drunk driving last March.
Cory Lippmeier, age 35, was sentenced to six years in prison on September 20 by Judge Patrick Dinkelacker in Hamilton County. Last March, Lippmeier who was driving his car rear-ended a motorist while crossing the Interstate 275's Combs-Hehl Bridge. The motorist, Scott Petredis, age 41, was killed due to the injuries he sustained in the crash.
Lippmeier also sustained serious injuries in the crash. Because of the tragic incident, he was charged with aggravated vehicular homicide. Police reports show he reached speeds up to 140 miles per hour when the crash occurred.
At Lippmeier's sentencing, Petredis' father and sister spoke.
Last Tuesday in court, Lippmeier expressed a tearful apology, while his lawyer argued that the responsibility must also be shared by Horseshoe Casino because they served Lippmeier alcohol for more than 7 hours before he drove on the night of the fatal crash.
Horseshoe Casino, which has now been rebranded as Jack Casino (after Rock Gaming canceled their contract with Caesar's Entertainment), was cited for over-serving Lippmeier. Police, in their trace-back investigation, ended up calling the casino's security cameras, and the surveillance footage clearly showed that Lippmeier was inebriated.
Penalties of the citation could result in fines or revoked or suspended liquor license. The casino is known to still currently serve alcohol to their casino patrons. Police said the casino has 60 days to stipulate or deny the allegations upon receiving the letter from the attorney general informing them of the citations.