Firefighter gets suspended sentence in death of crash victim
FAIRFIELD, Ohio (AP) - A firefighter who drove a ladder truck
through a red light and struck a vehicle while en route to a fire
has been found guilty in the death of the car's driver.
A Fairfield Municipal Court judge found Matthew Schumann, 24,
guilty of a misdemeanor charge of vehicular manslaughter after
Schumann pleaded no contest.
He sentenced Schumann to 90 days in jail but suspended that
sentence. He also imposed two years of probation, a $750 fine, a
90-day suspension of Schumann's driver's license, 250 hours of
community service and counseling until he is released by a doctor.
Schumann also was suspended from the fire department for 30
days, Fire Chief Don Bennett said.
The fire truck's lights and siren were activated when it
collided last August with a car driven by Rayann Cavin, 73,
Fairfield Law Director John Clemmons said.
A sound-activated device supposed to make the traffic light turn
green for the firetruck and halt other traffic malfunctioned. But
Schumann was still responsible for exercising caution in entering
the intersection, Clemmons said.
Information from: The JournalNews of Hamilton