Family offers $2K reward for information on woman accused of vehicular homicide

Heather Tapia (Central Ohio Crime Stoppers)
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COLUMBUS-- The family of a vehicular homicide victim is still looking for the woman responsible for the incident.

On July 14, 2018, around 3:23 a.m., a woman was driving her car eastbound on Morse Road near Cleveland Avenue.

At the same time, Heather Tapia was driving her 2001 Saturn SI westbound on Morse Road at Cleveland Avenue.

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Tapia attempted to turn left onto Cleveland Avenue and was struck on the car's right side by the other woman's vehicle.

Audrey Gartin was in the front seat passenger side of the Saturn. She was then transported to Ohio State Wexner Medical Center in critical condition and was later pronounced dead.

Columbus police said at the time of the crash, Tapia's blood alcohol level registered .138. That's nearly twice the legal limit.

Heather Tapia is currently facing five felony charges and has fled prosecution.

Prosecutors said Tapia had eight prior OVI convictions and was under a five-year suspension of her driver's license at the time of the crash.

Gartin's family said she moved to Columbus to make a to make a fresh start after the devastating loss of her mother.

The family of Audrey Gartin is offering a $2,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and/or indictment of the person(s) responsible for this crime. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS (8477) or go to their website at www.stopcrime.org and e-mail your tip.