Driver in fatal crash fined $750
A Bloomville man was found guilty of vehicular manslaughter Wednesday after he entered a no contest plea to the second-degree misdemeanor charge in Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court.
Spencer C. Miller, 20, had been charged with the traffic offense in December for causing an accident at Miami and Nelson streets Aug. 13 that resulted in the death of 78-year-old Audra DeMoss of Tiffin.
Miller failed to stop at a traffic light at the intersection and collided with a van driven by John DeMoss, DeMoss’ husband.
Audra DeMoss died after being transported to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center by Life Flight.
“This was an unfortunate incident that arose from a lack of attention,” Tiffin City Prosecutor Drew Wood said Wednesday during Miller’s hearing.
Wood had suggested the acting judge, Herbert Eldo Adams, not impose a jail sentence for the conviction. Adams served as an acting judge in the case because Judge Mark Repp disqualified himself from it.
“Mr. Miller knows he needs to be more vigilant,” Wood told Adams.
Tracy Elder, a victim advocate, said Wednesday that John DeMoss had written a victim impact statement that expressed forgiveness toward Miller for the accident.
“He just wants him to pay more attention,” Elder said.
Miller also spoke during the hearing Wednesday.
“I’m really sorry, and if I could change that day, I would,” he said.
Adams sentenced Miller Wednesday to a year of non-reporting community control and imposed a three-month license suspension that included driving privileges for employment, medical and education purposes. Miller must also pay a $750 fine and six points were put on his driver’s license.
A 90-day jail sentence was suspended.