Hermes sentenced to 10 days for hayride crash

(UPDATED WITH VIDEO 7:30 p.m.) An Oxford Township man will serve 10 days in jail for drinking while driving a hayride that tipped over in October 2011.
Jessica Cuffman
Jan 10, 2013

Michael Hermes, 48, appeared for sentencing in Erie County Common Pleas Court Thursday morning with his attorney, Troy Wisehart, and about 15 friends and family members there to support him.

In November, he pleaded guilty to a single charge of operating a vehicle under the influence and 15 counts of assault for causing injury to dozens of victims in the crash.

Judge Roger Binette reviewed 28 statements the riders submitted to the Ohio State Highway Patrol in their investigation, as well as victim impact statements.

Hermes apologized before he was sentenced.

"I've never been so scared in my whole entire life," he said. "I'm just sorry for what happened. I'm very, very sorry."

For more on what Hermes had to say and information on the nine pending lawsuits against him pick up Friday's copy of the Register.
 

Comments

Peachy Keen

To Daughter of Hermes: It's all well and good that your dad is such a great family man, and I'm sorry you had to read the less than kind comments on here about his irresponsible behavior. But hopefully this was a wake-up call for him to clean up his act. Your mom must be a good family person, too...throwing all those empty beer cans off the haywagon to protect your dad. You say we should all quit commenting about his little mistake and spend time with family and friends and loved ones. Such a nice, sweet sentiment. Maybe your dad should have thought about all the family, friends and others he was endangering by his little ol' "mistake" that gosh darn it any of us could have made since none of us are perfect! Sorry, I may not be perfect, but I would never drive drunk, and NEVER endanger so many people if I was responsible for their safety. You should thank God no one was killed in the accident so their families didn't have to suffer their absence due to the behavior of such a wonderful "family man". Be thankful he got such a light punishment, kid.

hermesclan

I am not going to hide behind a screen name, I am Kristi Hermes, Mikes wife. I just want to correct a couple of you since I know the facts and the true story. I myself was charged a felony for messing with evidence. But my charges were dropped because there was no evidence. There was no evidence because it was not me! I drove the truck behind all the wagons with my flashers on. When the accident happened I never left my truck. I was never up by the tractor or wagons. The officer who wrote the charges has since seen pictures of me and the person who was throwing the beer cans, and he has admitted to being wrong. I just wanted to correct the misinformation.

luvblues2

You are making the situation worse. If you want it to die, shush.

NurseRatchet

Hmm, my husband wrecks a trailer and hay wagon full of our friends and I don't get out of the truck to make sure no one is hurt? Yep, sure, that sounds believable.

AAHFRMC

He was more than punished. Typically drinking and driving first offense holds a 3 day jail sentence that most of the time is suspended and offenders get to go to alcohol counseling. Leave the poor guy and his family alone. They've been crucified in the news thanks to all of you who have nothing better to do than sit in front of your computer and throw stones at everyone, but don't dare take a look in the mirror.

2sense

now come the civil suits that will hurt worse

JERRY from SANDUSKY

Y'all or nothing but a bunch of whiners

Centauri

Besides the alcohol, what other factors were the cause of the crash? Has everybody forgotten about the 7 to 12 inch road shoulder drop? What if Hermes had no alcohol in his system but the crash still resulted because the last hay wagon's tires dropped off into the 7 to 12 inch low shoulder?

http://www.sanduskyregister.com/...
"An attorney says unfinished construction work on Patten Tract Road caused Saturday's hay-ride crash that left 28 people injured.

Erie County workers were working on the road Thursday, placing fill dirt along a 7-inch drop-off at the shoulder of the road."

Have any of you ever followed farm wagons when pulled? They must be pulled slowly. The slow moving vehicle signs on the back of the wagons shown in the photo will attest to that. If the wagons speed up, then they will start to swerve due to the design.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4...

The question is what caused the wagon to tip? I have seen fully loaded top heavy hay wagons being pulled in tandem start to swerve but they didn't tip over. Will a lawsuit be filed against the county? According to records, Hermes had a BAC of 0.123. Years ago in Ohio, it was 0.10 that was considered for DUI.
The story made news across the nation, mainly due to the number of injuries (28).

"In November, he pleaded guilty to a single charge of operating a vehicle under the influence and 15 counts of assault for causing injury to dozens of victims in the crash." but in an earlier news story, he was charged with "aggravated vehicular assault" which I feel was an over charge.

http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/2903.08 (Aggravated vehicular assault)

"Judge Roger Binette reviewed 28 statements the riders submitted to the Ohio State Highway Patrol in their investigation, as well as victim impact statements." Victim impact statements do affect a sentence.

Looking at other Ohio DUI cases where injuries occurred, some drivers are not charged with aggravated vehicular assault. Some of these people have connections to the powers that be. It appears that Hermes may have many friends in the area but he certainly didn't get any free passes or favors from the powers that be.

https://www.aaafoundation.org/si...
Safety Impacts of Pavement Edge Drop-offs

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