Troy woman charged in fatal accident

By Melanie Yingst -

TROY — The Troy woman who pulled out in front of a motorcyclist, killing the passenger, has been indicted by a grand jury on one count of second-degree misdemeanor vehicular homicide and one count of failure to yield.

The Troy Police Department released its final report on the incident on Monday.

Kathleen Barth, 61, was the driver of the Honda Civic, which pulled in front of 48-year-old Brian Heppeard’s motorcycle, causing both himself and passenger Kristin Stoeckmann, 45, of Troy, to be ejected off the bike on Feb. 29.

Stoeckmann passed away the following day at Miami Valley Hospital from her injuries.

According to the report, Heppeard’s blood test results showed he had a blood-alcohol content of .041, below the legal limit of 0.08, at the time of the incident. He also tested positive for the pain medication methadone, which he provided a valid prescription to authorities. According to statements, Heppeard was prescribed methadone for pain resulting from a previous motorcycle accident. Heppard also tested positive for a drug commonly found in over the counter sleep aid medication. Heppeard said he was working on the motorcycle earlier that day and had a glass of wine before traveling into town with Stoeckmann. Heppeard also said he took the sleep aid medication the evening before the incident. Heppeard was found to not be at fault for the incident, which resulted in his passenged passing away.

Witnesses stated they saw Barth making a left-hand turn from the H & R Block parking lot exit on to east bound West Main Street. They then saw Barth pull out in front of the motorcycle that was heading westbound on West Main Street.

By Melanie Yingst