Lawrence County couple kills 12-year-old man


September 24 — The man who pleaded guilty earlier this month to the collision death of Lawrence County couple LoRena and Steve Cahal will spend the next 12 years in jail.

Arnold Queen II, of Wheelersburg, was sentenced Friday afternoon by Judge Howard H. Harcha’s Scioto County Common Pleas Court to 12 to 15 years in prison, with a minimum sentence of 12 years.

On September 16, 2020, a Scioto County grand jury indicted Queen with two counts of manslaughter at the wheel, one count of driving while suspended or violating license restrictions and one count of operating a vehicle under l influence of an intoxicant. He pleaded not guilty to the charges at that time.

On September 1, Queen withdrew his not guilty plea and pleaded guilty to all charges against him.

The case began on September 5, 2020, when the Ohio State Highway Patrol Portsmouth post received a report of what appeared to be a drunken man leaving the South Webster Country Store after causing unrest.

The soldiers were looking for the black Queen’s pickup truck when soldiers came across the scene of a fatal motorcycle collision.

During the initial investigation, it was determined that a black 2016 Kia Sedona driven by Queen crossed the center line and struck a 2019 Harley Davidson motorcycle occupied by LoRena and Steve Cahal.

Lorena Cahal, 50, was pronounced dead at the scene and Steve Cahal, 51, was airlifted to Cabell-Huntington Hospital in Huntington, West Virginia, where he died of his injuries on September 6, 2020.

LoRena Cahal was a family attorney at Lawrence County Early Childhood Academy and served on the board of directors of Lawrence County Developmental Disabilities.

Steve Cahal worked as a truck driver for US Foods.

The South Point couple were known for their work with community groups and dedication to developmental issues in the county.


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