Last month, a dump truck driver was indicted six months after a fatal Kenton County crash he allegedly caused. Aaron M. Taylor, 30, of Sardinia, was arrested in Brown County and charged with manslaughter and driving under the influence related to a deadly November 3 crash last year.
The fatal accident occurred on Eastbound I-275 around 6:15 PM during the evening rush hour. Fort Wright police said that traffic was slowing due to construction in the area and that the dump truck driver crossed over two lanes of traffic on the interstate.
While the dump truck was merging, it struck a car – a Ford Escort driven by 61-year-old John Noe, of Batavia. The Escort was sent off the concrete overpass and fell 60 feet below to Ky. 17. The car landed on its roof on Madison Pike in Fort Wright. Sadly, Mr. Noe was killed upon impact.
Witnesses to the accident couldn’t believe they saw a car plunge over the I-275 bridge. Some passers-by tried to pull the driver from the car, but they couldn’t get to him in time, and the car was smoking. However, witnesses did indicate that Mr. Noe was wearing his seat belt.
Witnesses told police that the dump truck was traveling eastbound on I-275 in the center lane, when it merged to the left lane and forced the Ford Escort over the edge. Police said that a construction crew was painting lines on the right hand side of the interstate, which caused traffic to move left.
Police did not charge Taylor at that time and left the accident investigation open. However, a media outlet, 9News, investigated the dump truck driver and found five moving violations in the last year for failure to control and speed. Finally, police concluded their investigation and arrested Mr. Taylor six months after the fatal wreck.
Our Fort Wright accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Schachter, Hendy, & Johnson would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Noe.