Man pleads guilty in fatal horse-drawn buggy crash in Ohio

JEFFERSON, Ohio (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty in a drunken driving crash involving a horse-drawn buggy that left one woman dead and her daughter seriously injured in northeast Ohio.

The Star-Beacon newspaper in Ashtabula reports ( ) 52-year-old Jeffrey Fleming pleaded guilty Thursday in Jefferson to charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and operating a vehicle while under the influence.

Authorities say the Williamsfield man rear-ended the Amish buggy on U.S. Route 322 on Dec. 23. The buggy’s driver was injured. Her mother, 68-year-old Clara Miller, died.

Fleming told the judge he never saw the buggy. His attorney said Fleming had apologized to the Miller family.

Authorities say Fleming’s blood alcohol level was about 0.27 percent. That’s more than three times the legal limit.

He’s scheduled for sentencing on Oct. 14.


Information from: The Star-Beacon,

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