CHARDON, Ohio — A northeast Ohio man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to driving into an Amish buggy, killing one of its occupants and injuring three others.
Forty-three-year-old Douglas Learn was sentenced in Geauga County Common Pleas Court Thursday. Authorities say Learn crashed his SUV into the back of a buggy carrying a family of five in the village of Burton in late March and kept going. He pleaded guilty in September to aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault, operating a vehicle while under the influence and other charges.
Twenty-eight-year-old Joseph Byler died at a hospital after the crash. His mother and two sisters were injured.
Learn also received a lifetime driver's license suspension and must pay $9,000 in fines.
A message was left for his attorney.