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Kody Righi accused of jerking steering wheel


A man accused of causing an Armstrong County crash that hospitalized his wife and children in December has been ordered to stand trial on eight felony counts of aggravated assault, plus ten counts of misdemeanor simple assault and five more counts of reckless endangerment.


28-year-old Kody Righi of Dayton was arguing with his wife, Chytel, on December 31st and deliberately grabbed and jerked the steering wheel as she drove on Route 839 in Cowanshannock Township.  Police say the Chevy Cavalier, with four children inside, left the road and rolled over multiple times before coming to rest upside down in a ditch. 


All of the people inside the car were injured and spent weeks in the hospital.  Chytel Righi suffered the loss of a leg and the children, ages 11, 7, 4, and 2, were all taken to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. 


The charges against Kody Righi were filed right after the crash but withdrawn for timing reasons until he got out of the hospital.  He was re-charged on March 4th.        


Chytel Righi and the 11-year-old son testified at a preliminary hearing on Tuesday before District Judge Sam Goldstrohm, who ordered Kody Righi to stand trial on all of the charges. He is being held in lieu of $75,000 bond at the Armstrong County Jail. 

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