Former firefighter sentenced in fatal crash

A former volunteer firefighter who caused a crash that killed a 24-year-old was sentenced to nine months in jail Monday.
Jessica Cuffman
Sep 27, 2012

Timothy Johnson, 43, of Oak Harbor, received the maximum sentence from visiting Judge Paul Moon in Ottawa County Common Pleas Court.

Johnson was charged with aggravated vehicular homicide after the July 16, 2010 crash that caused the death of Ian Huffman, 24, of Elmore, and injured the car’s driver, Olivia Duty, now 22.

Johnson, then a volunteer firefighter for the Portage Fire District, was en route to a fire call when he collided with Duty’s vehicle at the intersection of Oak Harbor Southeast Road and Ohio 19.

For more on this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's Register.

Comments

richrs

As a past Paramedic myself there is absolutely NO excuse for the speed he was going. And I think he got off light.

jennyn1977

the accident was over 2 years ago, and he is just now being sentenced? seems to me like it is taking longer and longer to get these cases to court/trial and get these people sentenced!!!!! he gets 9 months in jail for killing someone? doesn't seem like much, espeically when he has gotten to live his life as he wants for the past two years since this happened.

jon491

Wow!

wiredmama222

This is the one where the two kids didn't yield for his lights and siren? While I am sorry for the families loses, they, too, are culpable for this accident. All of us are to yield for medical personnel like volunteer fireman on their way to the station. These kids didn't. He was going too fast. I think this is the right decision given the circumstances of all of it. Again my sympathy to the families for their loses.

theMob

No, this is about a wanna be firefighter going way to fast in a pickup truck with a little flashing light on top and a siren you can't hear.

jon491

11PM 96-100MPH .

luvblues2

Just a tad over-zealous to get to the scene first, while disrespecting the safety of those on the road. And I'm sorry, wiredmama, a pickup truck does not look anything like an emergency vehicle.

deertracker

Nine months seems a bit light for a life. I can't say who was right or wrong but even emergency personnel is suppose to use caution. Afterall, you are suppose to arrive at the emergency.

luvblues2

Amen, deertracker.

EricB

I am very disappointed that Johnson only got nine months for causing the death of Ian Huffman. This is a very light sentence for causing the death of someone.
wiredmama222 does not seem to understand that Johnson was diving almost 100 mph to get to a fire. How can you say that Huffman is culpable for the accident. No one could of gotten out of the way of Johnson's truck coming at them at about
100 mph. There is NO excuse for going that fast.

luvblues2

Exactly, EricB. He killed more people than he could've possibly saved. I've witnessed this same thing happen twice (nobody was killed, btw) by volunteer firefighters arriving on the scene "first" and dropping their bag on the ground, getting dressed and telling everyone to "get the F back people!" Little light on the dash or top of truck and horn blaring and come to a screeching halt right in front of the place. Just to be there first.

kURTje

Many - not all VFD's have their egos. Fellas think & do right.

smalltownguy

I can honestly say, this was not Johnson's style. It is a shame this had to happen, but, living in the area of where this took place, its only a matter of time before someone else gets killed there. Granted 45 MPH is too fast for this intersection, first responder or not, there are near accidents there daily because people run the stop sign at SR 19 and Oak Harbor SE road and don't think twice about it.

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luvblues2

Panic is the opposite of safety.