Trial of man charged in Canfield traffic death pushed back to summer

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Jury selection was expected to begin in the case Monday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — A trial that was supposed to begin Monday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court for a man charged in a traffic death in Canfield has been pushed back to the summer.

This is the second time the trial for Michael Malvasi Jr., 30, has been delayed.

Jurors were called to hear the case before Judge Maureen Sweeney until the proceedings were halted.

According to Assistant Prosecutor for Mahoning County, Mike Yacovone, the trial was delayed because a major witness would not be available.

“We determined that we may be able to substitute her use with another forensic pathologist from Cuyahoga County. Unfortunately, that would require a report to be drawn up, the judge determined and we had to agree that, because a report had to be drawn up, that the defense is entitled to that report, and unfortunately, it continues the case,” Yacovone said.

Malvasi is charged in the 2017 death of Ryan Lanzo, 23. Troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol said Malvasi was driving a Mercedes SUV when he lost control and overturned on Shields Road.

After the crash, troopers said Malvasi walked away from the scene, leaving Lanzo behind.

Lanzo later died from his injuries.

The first time the trial was to take place was in October, but it was postponed because of concerns over the Covid-19 pandemic.

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