CRIME

Ohio man pleads not guilty to misdemeanor charge after recording video of fatal accident scene

This undated photo provided by the Lorain City Jail shows Paul Pelton. Pelton has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge after posting online a cellphone video of a grisly car crash in northeast Ohio that killed one teenager and critically injured another. Pelton is accused of using his phone to record the single-car accident in Lorain, Ohio on July 13. It occurred after the vehicle went airborne while crossing railroad tracks and crashed into a house. Police say Pelton is heard calling the 17-year-old occupants "idiots" as others tried to help them. (Lorain City Jail via AP)

This undated photo provided by the Lorain City Jail shows Paul Pelton. Pelton has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge after posting online a cellphone video of a grisly car crash in northeast Ohio that killed one teenager and critically injured another. Pelton is accused of using his phone to record the single-car accident in Lorain, Ohio on July 13. It occurred after the vehicle went airborne while crossing railroad tracks and crashed into a house. Police say Pelton is heard calling the 17-year-old occupants "idiots" as others tried to help them. (Lorain City Jail via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A man has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge after posting online a cellphone video of a grisly car crash in northeast Ohio that killed one teenager and critically injured another.

Forty-one-year-old Paul Pelton is accused of using his phone to record the single-car accident in Lorain on July 13. It occurred after the vehicle went airborne while crossing railroad tracks and crashed into a house. Police say Pelton is heard calling the 17-year-old occupants "idiots" as others tried to help them.

Pelton entered his plea Wednesday in Lorain Municipal Court.

Police say the charge stems from Pelton opening a car door on the wrecked vehicle while recording.

His attorney says Pelton shouldn't have been charged and will be vindicated.