UPDATE: Further details released on man wanted for drunk driving death of WVU student


UPDATE (Sept. 25 2020 4:20 p.m.):

PHILADELPHIA — Further details on a man wanted for “homicide by vehicle” from an incident in January in Philadelphia have been released.

According to Pennsylvania State Trooper Gregory Butler, Aaron Sims, 26, of Camden, New Jersey, had been given two separate opportunities to turn himself in via his lawyer after the toxicology report returned showing that Sims had been under the influence when he struck a vehicle and killed one WVU student and injured another.

After not showing up to surrender himself to authorities the second time, Sims told his lawyer that he needed to set up money for the mother of his child before he could serve time; however, officers learned that Sims had no contact with the woman since February, Butler said.

After learning about the lack of contact, a warrant was issued for Sims’ arrest and law enforcement agencies (New Jersey State Police, U.S. marshals and Camden City Police) were alerted of a warrant for Sims’ arrest, according to Butler.

Beginning in June, law enforcement attempted multiple times to serve the warrant on Sims, but after trying to locate him at all known addresses and with multiple family members, they were unable to locate him; Butler said that Sims’ mother was not cooperative even when offered a cash incentive.

After it was clear there was no way to locate Sims, law enforcement advised the Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers to post the cash reward and article detailing Sims’ information on their website, Butler said.

ORIGINAL (Sept. 24 2020 4:33 p.m.):

PHILADELPHIA — A man wanted for “homicide by vehicle” in a drunk driving incident which killed one WVU student and injured another is currently being sought by the Pennsylvania State Police and the Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers.

According to an article posted Wednesday on the Crime Stoppers’ website, the Pennsylvania State Police are looking for any information which would lead to the arrest of Aaron Sims, 26, of Camden, New Jersey, who is being charged in connection to an accident that resulted in the death of Chloe Robertson, 21, of Clermont Florida who was a senior criminology major at WVU.

In February, charges had yet to be filed against Sims due to state police awaiting the results of a toxicology report, which they eventually received and showed that Sims had been at twice the legal limit for alcohol in his blood stream, as well as showing a positive indication for THC, according to the website.

There is currently an arrest warrant out for Sims’ arrest which allows for full extradition — which means that Pennsylvania will extradite Sims from any state in which he is found, according to the Crime Stoppers.

In cases of homicide, the Crime Stoppers offer a cash reward of $2,000 if the information results in the wanted person’s capture; all tips over the phone or via the internet are 100% anonymous, according to Crime Stoppers Coordinator for Pennsylvania State Police Linda Bobitz.

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