After harshly criticizing Timothy L. Johnson this afternoon, Visiting Ottawa County Common Pleas Court Judge Paul Moon sent the 43-year-old former firefighter and current Davis-Besse operator straight to jail.
Johnson pleaded guilty this year in the death of a 24-year-old man in a 2010 Salem Township crash that also critically injured a 20-year-old woman.
In that incident, Johnson was traveling over 90 mph on his way to a fire in northern Ottawa County.
Mr. Johnson, 43, of rural Oak Harbor, was driving at a high rate of speed on State Rt. 19 on his way to the fire station in Oak Harbor when he crashed into the rear of a car driven by Olivia Duty, now 22, of Woodville, at the intersection of Portage River South Road. Ms. Duty was seriously injured; her passenger and boyfriend, Ian Huffman, 24, of Elmore, was killed.
Mr. Johnson, a volunteer firefighter with the Portage Fire District, was responding to a call for a ladder truck requested by neighboring Clay Center when the crash occurred. His attorney, Dean Henry, told the court no one knows for sure how fast Mr. Johnson was going, but that his client’s “motive for going fast — some would say too fast — was pure,” that he was on his way to help others.
The victim’s father, John Huffman, said he was prepared to ask the judge to give Mr. Johnson probation, but it bothered him that Mr. Johnson did not apologize to Ms. Duty and her parents, who were in the courtroom, and that he did not accept responsibility for his actions.
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