Wrongful death suit dismissed

A wrongful death lawsuit filed in Seneca County Common Pleas Court has been dismissed.

In July 2017, Arthur L. Johnson, 45, of Harrisonburg, was driving a 2014 Freightliner south on CR 15, and Robert W. Shultz, 65, was driving a 1995 Chevrolet west on CR 50. Johnson failed to yield at a stop sign, according to court records.

Shultz was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

The wrongful death lawsuit had been filed on behalf of Elizabeth Shultz, Shultz’s wife and executor of his estate, against Johnson and Enviro IT LLC, Columbus.

The lawsuit alleged that as Johnson approached the intersection, he failed to slow, ran a stop sign and struck the Chevrolet at full speed.

According to court records, issues in the lawsuit had been compromised to the satisfaction of the parties, and court costs are to be paid by Johnson and Enviro IT LLC.

Johnson had been indicted on two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, one a second-degree felony and one a third-degree felony, and one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, a first-degree misdemeanor.

He pleaded guilty to a lesser-included offense of vehicular homicide, a first-degree misdemeanor, in July 2018.

Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley dismissed the charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, a second-degree felony, and OVI, a first-degree misdemeanor, at the request of Seneca County Prosecutor’s Office.

He followed the joint recommendation and sentenced Johnson to 180 days in Seneca County Jail, with 90 days suspended and credit for 15 days served. Johnson was placed on non-reporting probation for two years, was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and was ordered not to have contact with the victim’s family.

Kelbley suspended his license for four years.

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